Posted by · 11:30 am · February 12th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here.

This week flew by, I thought. Hopefully the next two will, too.

This is the first weekend without football in months.  I don’t know what to do with myself.  Maybe I’ll catch up on those non-Oscar-related Netflix discs that have been waiting patiently for me to have the time?  Read a book?  Get the hell away from my computer for a day?  I don’t know.

I’ve randomly been revisiting The Larry Sanders Show lately.  It started out as some nostalgia to pass the time online the other day and eight episodes later, it looks like I might just push through all of it.  Great TV, and a landmark for that breed of comedy.  Any fan of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” owes it a debt.

The Oscar Guide has been coming along well. Thanks for participating in our daily polls. With that in mind, I thought I’d post the short category polls again this weekend, seeing as Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International released their package of nominees into theaters this weekend. If you get a chance to see them and still want to vote, now’s your opportunity. I’ll post them up again next weekend, too.

Speaking of the shorts, if you want an in-depth, well-reported look at the “Poster Girl” controversy that you probably haven’t even heard about, I suggest diving into A.J. Schnack’s piece.  There’s always drama in the lead-up to the Oscars, and I guess Mitchell Block is this week’s Melissa Leo.

Guy is in Berlin for the festival and will be reporting throughout the weekend on what he sees.  Be sure to stay tuned for that.  Otherwise, use this space as you see fit.  Open thread.  You know the drill.

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  • 1 2-12-2011 at 11:38 am

    Rashad said...

    Ondine is a sweet movie, and the lead actress is very sexy

  • 2 2-12-2011 at 11:56 am

    JJ1 said...

    Caught ‘Biuitful’. I can definitely see why Bardem is nominated. VERY worthy of the nom. And yet, it all felt just a bit too miserable to me.

    The first 2 scenes were not hard to figure out; so when they show up later I was not surprised. The 2 hour and 15 minutes journey in the middle did not alleviate my suspicion of how it all would end. And when I figured it all out with 45 minutes left to go, I already felt like I’d been put through the ringer. Just too miserable.

    Well shot, well acted by all, but the script just didn’t do it for me.

  • 3 2-12-2011 at 12:56 pm

    Loyal said...

    I spent about 3 hours last night in two different movie theatres watching 11 of the 15 nominated shorts. A mixed bag overall though some of the films are really good, especially God of Love aka the cupid movie.

    Best Animated Short (in order of presentation)

    Madagascar, Carnet De Voyage

    I actually saw this French film last year at the Milwaukee Film Festival and completely forgot about it. Madagascar uses a rotoscope type of animation (think A-ha’s Take on Me video or Linklater’s Waking Life/A Scanner Darkly). It’s a nice enough effort but 100% forgettable.

    Let’s Pollute

    A humorous take on the issue of pollution, told in the style of a 1950’s educational film. Let’s Pollute has its moments, with lots of broad American jokes. But the jokes at times were almost too clever.

    The Gruffalo

    I wanted to love this UK/German short, especially with such incredible voice work (Helena Bonham Carter, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson). But the repetitive nature of the Aesop Fable style narrative grew tiresome by the 25 minute mark. It felt like a feature length film and not in a good way.

    The Lost Thing

    By far, the best animated short of the bunch and an easy pick for the Best Animated Short Oscar. For starters, the animation is stunning (based on the book by Shaun Tan). It’s H.P. Lovecraft filtered through German Expressionism. By sheer coincidence I recently read another book by Shaun Tan just several weeks ago, The Arrival. I highly recommend you see this short film AND read Tan’s work. It’s not your average children’s book or animated short.

    Day & Night

    Pixar can do no wrong and they continue to rack up nominations in the Best Animated Short category. It’s light and breezy with a cute message about the importance of understanding differences.

    We were also shown two films NOT nominated for Best Animated Short


    A really grim and epic German tale (is there any other type of German tale) about a man and his mother seeking out a better place to live just beyond the mountains. Definitely not for the kiddies but the animation is well done.

    The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger

    I’m not a huge Bill Plympton fan but once the training montage started for the tiny cow that dreamt of becoming a hamburger, I was hooked. Laugh out loud insanity.

    Best Live Action Short (in order of presentation)

    The Confession

    There’s a risk you run with child actors and in this case, the risk didn’t pay off. Prank gone wrong, lots of creepy British vistas, with creepy British kids. It ultimately fell well short for me (short, get it?).

    Wish 143

    And now we have yet another British short film with a slightly older kid. This one is a teenager with cancer and his one wish is to have sex before he dies. It actually sounds much better as a logline than a fully realized film. Not horrible but amateur-ish at times and not memorable.

    Na Wewe

    Holy Shit!!! This was the film I’d hear the most about before seeing and it almost lived up to the hype. There’s nothing scarier than a 7 year old child solider in Africa. Na Wewe ups the ante and gives us an entire platoon of them!

    I’ve been to some of the most remote and dangerous regions of Africa and I can attest to the realistic nature of this Belgium film. And I was ready to hand over my virtual vote for Best Live Action Short, that was until the ending. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say it involved Bono and completely undermines the credible tension that had completely hypnotized the audience.

    The Crush

    We trade the UK for Ireland (most people won’t know the difference) but we keep the child actor theme. A cute 8 year old boy falls in love with his sexy teacher. Hilarity ensues. One of the better live action shorts of the night, it finds the right balance between cute and edgy.

    God of Love

    If audience reaction and lobby chatter is to be believed, programmers saved the best for last. Full disclosure: I’ve known writer/director/star Luke Matheny for over 13 years. I love the guy, as does pretty much everyone who’s lucky enough to know him. But it wasn’t just me laughing throughout the film and clapping at the end of it. God of Love works, the dialogue is snappy, it hits all the right comedic beats with ninja like precision.

    Even if I didn’t know Luke, I would be predicting the Oscar win. But since he is a friend, I’ll cheer even louder come February 27th.

    We were also shown one of the Best Documentary Short nominees.

    Killing in the Name

    Way to bring down the positive vibe after the “cupid movie.” I’m a huge fan of documentaries, probably my favorite genre of filmmaking. But there’s simply no way to do the subject of radical Islamic jihadism any justice in the span of 30 minutes. Too much to cover, too much emotion to compress into a tiny time frame.

    Predictions for Best Animated Short:
    Will Win – The Lost Thing
    Could Win – The Gruffalo

    Predictions for Best Live Action Short:
    Will Win – God of Love
    Could Win – Na Wewe

    I need to see the other four nominees in Best Documentary Short before offering a prediction.

  • 4 2-12-2011 at 1:14 pm

    red_wine said...

    I saw Biutiful as well. It is the Spanish Precious – as much misery as you can cram into a movie without reason and rhyme and just for the sake of it.

  • 5 2-12-2011 at 1:15 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “By far, the best animated short of the bunch and an easy pick for the Best Animated Short Oscar.”

    Careful of your own feelings. They don’t exactly matter. It’s probably between Madagascar and, given the 3D showcase of the film, Day & Night (from what I hear).

  • 6 2-12-2011 at 2:01 pm

    Jack said...

    I saw all 10 shorts last night too and I agree with almost everything Loyal said. For the live-action ones, “The Crush” was easily my favorite, followed probably by “God of Love.” “Wish 143” was decent but not superb–it felt the first draft of a script that could have been really good if someone had touched it up–and although I liked “Na Wewe,” I agree that the ending was really stupid. “The Confession” was dumb, too: The plot–some kids’ prank goes horribly awry–felt like something I’ve seen plenty of times before, and the second tragedy that occurs at the end felt pointlessly brutal and miserable.

    As for the animated shorts, I was underwhelmed by the entire selection. “Madagascar” was really interesting to look at, but I wish it’d had some kind of narrative structure. I understand that they were trying to imitate the experience of a diary, but the whole thing just felt pointless. “Let’s Pollute” was kind of clever, but like Loyal said, it got a little too clever, and slightly obnoxious. “The Gruffalo” was just boring, and “The Lost Thing” had a really cool idea and visuals, but the message felt a little on-the-nose and obvious to me. Likewise, I liked “Day & Night”s concept and visual humor, but the part at the end where they listen to the radio broadcast about acceptance was WAY too on-the-nose. I honestly thought that the two non-nominated shorts they showed afterwards were better than any of the nominees, especially “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” which I loved.

  • 7 2-12-2011 at 2:10 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    Is this where I can promote The Wire as the best TV series of all time?

  • 8 2-12-2011 at 2:15 pm

    Fitz said...


    I would have seconded that motion before Mad Men hit the air.

  • 9 2-12-2011 at 2:18 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    seen all of Mad Men, but still think The Wire (and at least a few others) surpass it (for now)

  • 10 2-12-2011 at 2:41 pm

    Loyal said...

    “Careful of your own feelings. They don’t exactly matter. It’s probably between Madagascar and, given the 3D showcase of the film, Day & Night (from what I hear).”

    That’s unfortunate if Madagascar wins. My personal feelings on films don’t always line up with the popular vote or the reality of the situation but it’s definitely a bad sign when you forget you’ve already seen a film, which was the case with Madagascar.

    I wouldn’t oppose a win for Pixar’s latest short but I didn’t find it innovative or even terribly entertaining. It was fun and frothy, nothing more. It’s a mid level effort in terms of other Pixar shorts.

    @ Jack

    I couldn’t believe how bad the ending to Na Wewe was. Up until that point, I thought the film was a slam dunk. Maybe voters will ignore the ending and still award it.

    Kris, do you know how the shorts are presented for voters during screenings? It it alphabetical by name or country or title? God of Love received the biggest response last night at my theatre but it was also the last film which tends to help.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Poster Girl and the remaining Documentary shorts. I’d previously read Poland’s piece, receiving credit is a tough thing especially with dreams of Oscar gold.

  • 11 2-12-2011 at 2:49 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    Best Show of All Time: The Wire
    Runner-Up: The Sopranos

    Best of the Rest – (alphabetical, and…I’m only listing shows if I’ve seen every episode of them) –

    Arrested Development

    Breaking Bad – one of the only relatively new, still-running shows I’m willing to put on this list

    Freaks & Geeks – one of the best pilots and one of the most unsatisfying endings, with a slew of wonderful memories created in between.

    Mad Men – see Breaking Bad, though i will add that i feel Mad Men is a bit overrated…probably because it has fewer quality competitors than if it had come out 5 years sooner.

    My So-Called Life – despite the Halloween episode, this one remains a classic…and boasts one of the greatest final moments of any series

    The Office (UK) – this one is probably 3 or 4 on my overall list. if you love this, i also recommend The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad.

    The Shield – this is either 3rd, 4th, or 5th on the list. (don’t scoff unless you’ve seen all 7 seasons — few have. It started off as an adrenaline-fueled cop show with a twist — the protagonist is dirty. but by season 4 it was becoming something much grander and more complex than even its creators likely envisioned. Seasons 4, 5 and 7 are probably its finest, with the series finale being my favorite of all time…for any show)

    24 – another one some might laugh about, and it’s true that Season 6 was pretty terrible. but few shows make better rainy weekend marathon fodder. the show was as addictive as it was ludicrous, not unlike House, which I also enjoy despite its repetitive nature.

    Veronica Mars – Season 3 was hit and miss, largely because the network wouldn’t tell them how much longer they’d be around. Its final season was actually picking up when the show got the axe, resulting in one of the most frustrating cliffhangers in quality TV history.

    I considered including Lost, but its final season and pathetic finale solidified my early suspicions that the writers were really grabbing at straws ever since Season 1 ended. Worth watching, but don’t get your hopes up. If you want a show with real vision and writing that adheres to that vision, watch The Wire instead.

  • 12 2-12-2011 at 3:17 pm

    Samuel said...

    I managed to catch I Am Love and Blue Valentine in the last few days.

    I liked I Am Love but didn’t quite engage with it. That’s probably due in no small part to watching it at home, mid morning, with plenty of distractions. I think I need to see it again to really get into it. I will say this, though: it is one of the finest looking films I’ve seen in the last twelve months. The costuming, art direction and cinematography is wonderful.

    Blue Valentine was great. Incredibly moving. Gosling was robbed of an Oscar nom, no doubt about it. I thought his character was terrifically complex and I’d be interested to hear what others thought of him. Though he was childish and lazy and treated Cindy quite poorly, I felt enormously sorry for him at the end. I really felt for him when he says “you made a promise, for better or worse” – maybe that says a lot about how I see marriage – but I thought he was right. I also think (marginal spoiler) that doctor totally deserved a punch in the face. I really was hoping they would stick it out at the end.

    Anyway, between the two of them there’s a good film I need to see again and a great film I don’t think I’ll be itching to revisit any time soon.

  • 13 2-12-2011 at 3:27 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    “The Shield – this is either 3rd, 4th, or 5th on the list. (don’t scoff unless you’ve seen all 7 seasons — few have.”

    I wouldn’t say few. Most people I know watched it all from the beginning, or not at all.

  • 14 2-12-2011 at 3:52 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The Shield lasted one more season than it should have and did NOT satisfy me with its ending.

  • 15 2-12-2011 at 4:14 pm

    James D. said...

    The Wire and Seinfeld are the greatest shows ever, for different reasons. The Sopranos is a notch under it for some very poor stretches.

  • 16 2-12-2011 at 4:17 pm

    Patrick said...

    I’m done talking about this year’s Oscar race, but Larry Sanders gets better and better with age. This morning I watched “People’s Choice” from Season 3. Best moment: Larry is introducing musical guest Elvis Costello to Hank:
    Larry: This is Elvis
    Hank: I don’t think so.
    I was laughing for a good 5 minutes afterwords.
    I wish someone on TV had the balls to be as brash in their Hollywood critique as that show. Not even Entourage has gotten it that right.

  • 17 2-12-2011 at 5:59 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I saw Tony Kaye’s Detachment….quite a disaster. Hard to sit through.

  • 18 2-12-2011 at 6:25 pm

    Andrej said...

    For TV shows, I’m far more inclined to comedy than to drama. 30 Rock, Community, Scrubs, New Adventures of Old Christine, Seinfeld, Futurama, South Park, … I even like Desperate Housewives, but I hate Two and a Half Men, and I just don’t mind about The Bing Bang Theory.

    From drama, the only series I actually keep an eye on is CSI. Grissom made a nano-cameo last week, omg.

    Also, in the topic of unnecessary last seasons, gotta say that Scrubs is THE major offender. Thos episodes were going nowhere, the new characters were either bland or extremely annoying, most of the series regulars where gone by midseason, and the previous season had closed the series nicely anyways.

    Anyways, I saw Enter the Void a few days ago. The craftsmanship in the editing, cinematography and sound is impressive! Paz de la Huerta was pretty good too. Loved that outer body perspective, though I thought the story was told a bit too slow and paused for my tastes, and that the aesthethic was kinda eclipsing the narrative at times.

    If only it had been available in 3D, though… it’d have awesomely molten my face.

  • 19 2-12-2011 at 6:44 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    I left off some great shows, simply because I haven’t seen a fair amount of the episodes.

    For example, Seasons 1-9 of The Simpsons might actually surpass The Wire, but then the show went downhill (although it’s still good from time to time). Plus, I haven’t seen at least 1/3 of the episodes now, so I couldn’t really put it up on the list.

    I also haven’t seen enough episodes of Curb, Seinfeld, or The Larry Sanders Show, though I’m sure at least 2 of them would make my list. The same could be said for Deadwood, Friday Night Lights, Twin Peaks, etc.

  • 20 2-12-2011 at 6:45 pm

    Keil Shults said...


    Although I’m confident of my opinion, I’d like you to elaborate on your problems with the final season and episode of The Shield.

  • 21 2-12-2011 at 7:19 pm

    Voland said...

    Did I miss it, or has no-one mentioned yet Six Feet Under, which in my opinion is one of the very best series ever?

  • 22 2-12-2011 at 7:23 pm

    Samuel said...

    The West Wing seasons 1-4. No contest.

  • 23 2-12-2011 at 7:42 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Keil: I didn’t buy his punishment as “enough,” and don’t buy into the idea that it’s the worst possible thing for the character’s psyche, so it’s just inherently flawed for me.

    And the last two seasons feel like a bloated version of one season, so I would have trimmed it up and wrapped it up a season earlier than they did.

  • 24 2-12-2011 at 7:51 pm

    James D. said...

    Voland: Six Feet Under is very good, but it simply is not in the same tier as The Wire.

  • 25 2-12-2011 at 8:17 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I just saw “Up in the Air” last Sunday (I don’t give a shit about football). I loved it. It should’ve won Best Picture. I say this as an “Inglourious Basterds” fan. I hate “The Hurt Locker” it was boring.

  • 26 2-12-2011 at 9:10 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    @Voland: I also love Six Feet Under, it probably could have been on my list. I find some problems with its latter seasons, but it still has much greatness in it.

    @Tapley: I will admit that Season 6 of The Shield could have been reworked, trimmed, etc. But I still think that Season 7 made it worth the trouble. I also don’t think they were asking us to believe that Macke has gotten exactly what he deserves. I think the bulk of the series was about him trying to find ways out of the messes he’s made for himself. In the end he did manage to evade arrest for all the shit he’s done, but he finds that even freedom comes with a price. And I won’t even get into the potent final images of Shane’s family.

    Speaking of bloated and needing to be trimmed…

    I finally sat through Enter the Void (Director’s Cut). It’s not nearly as good as Irreversible, and his camera tricks are growing tiresome after only two features. Not a good sign. We get it, it looks cool to fly over and through the city. Do we really need to see half an hour of that crap? Also, Paz de la Huerta can’t act. Maybe my sobriety during the screening was the problem, though I’ll admit I did enjoy the first sequence where Oscar gets high. Hopefully Noe’s next film will ease up on the style and possess some genuine substance instead.

    Enter the Void indeed.

  • 27 2-12-2011 at 9:38 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***I saw Biutiful as well. It is the Spanish Precious – as much misery as you can cram into a movie without reason and rhyme and just for the sake of it.***

    Without reason and rhyme? I’d say the fact she was an overweight teen living in a poor neighborhood with two abusive parents is a perfect “reason” for misery.

  • 28 2-13-2011 at 3:12 am

    Rashad said...

    Fat, poor, black, pregnant, has a child, can’t read, HIV positive, gets raped, is mean, and steals fried chicken.

  • 29 2-13-2011 at 4:20 am

    Jack said...

    I completely disagree that Lost’s final season was disappointing and that its finale was pathetic. Yes the writers might not have had the ending envisioned all the way from season one, but there is definitely a tone that is carried throughout all the seasons, and it’s exemplified in the finale. I thought the last twenty minutes of that show were some of the most beautiful and poignant television I have seen. That being said, I do think the first four seasons of The West Wing and Mad Men are the greatest television of all time. Half of Lost’s second season and all of its third just didn’t do it for me despite the strong first, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons.

  • 30 2-13-2011 at 6:17 am

    Andrej said...

    Keil Shults:

    I didn’t think she was bad at all. I think the worst in Enter the Void by far was Masato Tanno, the one who played Mario. Ugh.

    And for everything else, I actually can’t debate it because I also kinda agree that the story could have been trimmered a whole lot if the style didn’t get in the way of the narrative that much, specially given that if you take the outer body experience out of the movie’s equation, the story’s quite simple and straightforward.

  • 31 2-13-2011 at 6:34 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Paz does the same schtick on Boardwalk Empire, and I just don’t quite buy it. I’m sure Noe didn’t either, but needed someone with a kernel of acting ability who would also parade around naked for a relatively large percentage of his film.

    Again, I thought there were some interesting things in the film, and it didn’t make me nauseous like my wife (who has a tendency toward motion sickness). But everything is just overdone…big time. Like that final “flight” through HOTEL LOVE. I have no problem with nudity, so it’s not a moral issue. But I doubt there was any reason for the audience to travel through that many rooms and sexual encounters, other than because Noe places a high value on shock value. His Kubrick meets Panic Room antics began to annoy me by the end of Hour 1, though there were a few occasional moments of interest peppered throughout the remaining 100 minutes. I know he thinks he’s the new Kubrick, but if he really had to just tell a great story and let us actually look at the characters interacting (at eye level, not floating over their heads upside down) for more than a couple of minutes at a time, I’m not sure he could handle it.

    I’ll hold off on further judgment about the guy and his career until I see what he does with his next movie. But if it ends up looking like it’s shot specifically for bats on acid, it better also be packing one hell of a story and some great performances to boot.

  • 32 2-13-2011 at 6:39 am

    red_wine said...

    I think Paz is very good in Enter The Void. You can both be naked as well as good.

    And I think Enter The Void is a great film. Probably the best I saw in 2010. The french were really on fire in 2010 as my Top 3 of the year came from France – Enter The Void, A Prophet and Carlos.

    Enter The Void is a much better film than people give it credit for I think. It is somewhat slight but it is also somewhat visionary.

  • 33 2-13-2011 at 6:50 am

    Andrej said...

    I haven’t seen a single Boardwalk Empire episode, but if you deem so, then I’ll have to take your point for that :s

    And as for the detours it takes through Hotel Love, I didn’t mind much since it’s told from a first person POV. We’re always seeing through Oscar, so I guess that if he’s just looking to all those people have sex it’s out of his own curiosity. He even takes the time to check out whatever happened to Victor while he’s in there.

    The camera angles can be more divisive, though. It’s a way of stating that whoever’s looking from above is an omnipresent being away from their sight, but if motion sickness’s involved, then it’s hardly an ideal aesthetic if the movie’s going to borderline the three hours in length.

  • 34 2-13-2011 at 9:12 am

    James D. said...

    All I remember about Enter the Void is that ludicrous vagina point-of-view scene.

  • 35 2-13-2011 at 10:34 am

    Mr. F said...

    I watched Dogtooth this weekend, and I loved it. But I am shocked that it got a nomination, not because it doesn’t deserve but because these are the people that not only nominated, but gave the prize to a movie like Departures.

  • 36 2-13-2011 at 11:27 am

    Speaking English said...

    Rashad: and your point is? If you seriously believe there aren’t people out there leading harsh, miserable lives, just trying to survive a day without being beaten or verbally assaulted, I wish I could be so ignorant.

  • 37 2-13-2011 at 7:19 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    I understand that his omnipresent self justifies the director’s literal flights of fancy. But given that Irreversible is also full to the brim with almost stomach-churning camera movements (many upside-down and/or aerial shots), I just think it’s safe to say that Noe is far more concerned with style than substance. At least a film like A Clockwork Orange managed to be shocking and endlessly quotable. I don’t think I can remember more than a line or two from Enter the Void.

    Honestly, it seems like Noe was high one night and said, “Man, I wish I could make a movie where my camera just like flies around a busy city filming people doing drugs and having sex. Oh wait, I’ll have the main character die at the beginning so he can be floating overhead the whole time. Hmm, maybe I should throw in some half-assed Tibetan Book of the Dead references to make the character’s flight seem more significant and understandable. Ah, but the sex…what about the sex? Oh wait, he could have a sister who’s a stripper. But wait, why would a guy want to watch his sister have sex all the time? Oh, he could be hot for her. But why, that’s kinda weird and creepy… Maybe they could have like this blood pact where they decide to always love and be with each other. But what kids would do that? I guess if their parents died horribly they might form a unique, tight bond. Man, imagine the parents dying in a head-on collision. That would rule! I could show it like 3 or 4 times and mess with the audience. Now all I need is to work in is a POV shot of a vagina being penetrated by a CGI penis, a close-up of an aborted fetus, and a character who spends all his time designing black light models of the city! This is so far out I can hardly believe it!”

    “Sounds cool, Gaspar! When are you going to get started on the script?”

    “Script? Where we’re going, we don’t need a script.”

    “But what about your main character? Don’t you want to make him interesting and memorable?”

    “Shut up and drop the tab I gave you. Thirty minutes from now you won’t be asking such square questions.”

    “Right on.”

  • 38 2-13-2011 at 8:27 pm

    Andrej said...

    …and Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” wins Album of the Year at the Grammys.

    Classy. ☺

  • 39 2-13-2011 at 8:42 pm

    Andrej said...

    Oh, I missed your reply, Keil.

    Sadly, I’m not as versed as you in Noe’s filmography (haven’t seen Irreversible yet, specially after the dire and terrifying comments a friend gave me about them), but even if the movie has its flaws in storytelling and presentation decisions, the technical craftsmanship in Enter the Void is excellent, if not unique. It’s essentially what makes the movie worth watching, if you’re capable to endure it.

    And your plot bit, lol xD It’s pretty fitting. That ejaculation shot will haunt my dreams forever…

  • 40 2-14-2011 at 7:25 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Now Deadline says Cotillard might be in Dark Knight Rises…too many people!

  • 41 2-14-2011 at 7:41 am

    Maxim said...

    “Man, I wish I could make a movie where my camera just like flies around a busy city filming people doing drugs and having sex.”

    This was done quite well in Minority Report, actually. And the shot lasted exactly as long as it should have.

  • 42 2-14-2011 at 7:53 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Well technically the camera didn’t fly over a busy city but rather a busy apartment building but none the less that is a great scene.

  • 43 2-14-2011 at 8:04 am

    Maxim said...

    Yeah, you’re right but the idea is similar and it relied on timing just as much if not more.

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