Monday, May 21, 2012


Ai, 2012 (*)
Taiwanese romantic comedy initially notable for extraordinarily long virtuoso single shot opening sequence - sadly, the film (gorgeous travelogue though it might be) quickly descends into a mushy nice-guy-loser stereotype comparable to the execrable Love Actually
Disco Godfather, 1979 (*****)
put your weight on it! the immortal Rudy Ray Moore in a deliriously enjoyable anti-angel dust romp; get ready to trip out on relentlessly memorable scenes, at times hallucinogenic, others sexy, always stylish, and with a fantastic soundtrack and some of RRM's very best catchphrases

Dolemite, 1975 (*****) 
Rudy Ray Moore's original Dolemite film is full of incredibly infectious fresh energy, outrageous set-pieces and dialogue, not to mention the sheer charisma of the great man himself and his gorgeous support cast; a timeless classic of low-budget cinema

Defamation, 2009 (***) 
a fascinating, often provocative exploration into the nature of anti-Semitism today and, despite being a bit Michael Moore-esque for my own taste, very watchable

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, 2010 (***) 
Herzog got exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves in southern France, with its collection of artwork dating back 32,000 years; I only wish the privilege had been granted to, say, the National Geographic channel as Werner blows it big time with his excruciatingly overblown narrative, a dreary score, and a ton of eccentric uninformative padding (presumably to justify its 90 minutes); despite these frustrations the caves are still well worth experiencing

The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 2009 (**) 
curiosity got the better of me and with its lusty emphasis on vampires, werewolves, and naked male torsos, you can kind of see the attraction of the genre, and for once the CGI animation is beautifully realised, especially that of the wolves - the major downside to all this is the face painted on a tree that is Kristen Stewart, as the central character, a disastrous bit of casting if ever there was


_Black_Acrylic said...

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams was shown in 3D for a while, and that really enhanced the experience. Still had too much Herzog all over it though.

D. Thomas said...

completely agree with you on Dolemite; I wrote an undergrad essay on it that was a wee bit pretentious but I guess I couldn't just say 'this film fucking rules' for 8 pages. Also though COFD had some padding but I saw it in a screening with Herzog in attendance and probably sucked its cock a bit because I'm a fan of the man in general.