Re: The Music Forum's Movie Thread
posted at 1/9/2013 4:01 PM EST
Well if it's a free for all, the wife and I recently saw the recent movie "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy". A very well put together film, but you really do have to pay attention.
It was very enjoyable to watch it again the next day to confirm our theor(ies) about it.
Sort of like the way "Usual Suspects" played out at the end, but spread across the whole film.
We re-watched for the howevereth many times "The Men Who Stare At Goats." I know it's gotten a mixed reception, but good lord I think it's hilarious.
Added bonus: And one scene contains the ONLY accurate depiction of people tripping that I have ever seen on TV or film.
Tried to watch the older Depp movie about John Dilliginger. Usually really like the guy's acting but I had to leave half way through. Can't stand film noir or anything related to it.
Also, Peter Brook's adaptation "The Mahabharata". Ordinarily, Hindus recite/perform this over lengthy celebration. 28 days sticks in mind. He does his best to condense into three films, about 3h each. It is the mythic story of the cyclical nature of creation, in their view.
It's been the subject of debate for obvious reasons: Here he takes an ancient sanskrit text and tries to translate it into something understandable to our culture. Moreover, he only has time to put about 5% of the full text on screen for obvious reasons. What is left can be very powerful and very thought provoking, if you let it.
My parents weren't sure how it would go over but they showed it to me perhaps in fifth grade. If you haven't seen it, you should. And perhaps so too should your kids....
The narrator, one of their Gods, informs a proxy for the viewer in the beginning (a boy who is to take down the story to bring out to the world) that if you listen closely, you will be changed by the end.
I certainly was. I think it aimed me straight at the path of developing a philisophical mind that never stops trying to find different angles on the same questions and/or finding the next question to ask.
One bit stuck with me the most:
- The last illusion (can Yhudistria still be right, given what the phrase 'the last illusion' is supposed to mean?)
"The Hobbit". Oh, I'm on the fence; haven't seen it. On the one hand, it sounds like this time he didn't so much make sh!t up as he pulled it from various appendices and unpublished (or posthumously published) stuff.
On the other hand, I already know that stuff. And "The Hobbit" is by far my least favorite of Tolkein's works because it genuinely was written for children. It only scratches the surface of Tolkein's preferred themes of honor, sacrafice, and the absolute necessity of duty without regard to result (that latter point very much a part of the Bhagavad Gita contained in The Mahabharata) - virtues that feel sorely missing in a lot of modern society.
I'll probably just see it on Blu-Ray. No need for theatres.