I just posted my review of Criterion's new release of Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, and as a fan of his work I can tell you this may be my favorite film of his. Perhaps that's only because it's the first of his movies I've watched a second time and not having seen L'Eclisse or The Passenger there are still likely candidates to rise in the ranks.
I would like to say this is his most accessible film I've seen, even though it comes with an extraordinarily slow pace. I'm sure others would argue Blow-Up may be more accessible, but I almost suspect the more thrilling aspects of that feature may be lost on a crowd more interested in CG explosions and men in tights. Either way, this story of a married couple and their deteriorating relationship is one that gets better and better as the minutes tick by... I have a lot more to say in my review, which you can read right here.
Eh, another lesser Pixar, but I'm sure the kids will find some enjoyment even if most adults don't. You can read my theatrical review right here.
Someone is quoted on the cover of Byzantium calling it the best vampire movie since Let the Right One In. Considering that was only five years ago and I'd argue Let the Right One In is a massively overrated movie I'm not sure what to make of that statement. In fact, I'd argue the Fright Night remake and even Underworld: Awakening were more enjoyable than Let the Right One In and once Only Lovers Left Alive hits theaters (read my review here) it blows all of 'em out of the water.
The booby prize of the week goes to R.I.P.D., which, amazingly, is the second best selling title among new releases this week at Amazon behind Monsters University. Why does Hollywood keep making crap? Because people keep buying it. Even a film such as this, the theatrical release only served as a giant commercial for the DVD and Blu-ray release and now, here we are, the consumers are eating it up. Num, num, num.
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Sorting through scheduling conflicts, business decisions and personal "must sees" has made planning for this year's Toronto Film Festival much more difficult that previous years, but here are my most anticipated as of now.