1.16.2009

Movie News and Updates

Sundance Film Update from /Film

/Film posts that iTunes now offers 10 short films from the Sundance Film Festival for free until January 25. Here's the list and brief descriptions from the /Film post:
  • Acting for the Camera —An acting class. Today’s scene: the orgasm from ‘When Harry Met Sally. update: painful to watch.
  • Countertransference —A comedy about an awkward woman with assertiveness problems who seeks the questionable help of a therapist. update: seemingly never-ending but the main character is hopeless and hilarious. The psychologist suffers from extreme self-disclosure issues.
  • HUG—Drew is a musician with a contract ready to sign. When Asa, his friend and manager, realizes Drew is off his meds the across-town drive to sign the contract becomes significantly more complicated. update: a fascinating piece, not only do you feel for the lead character, but it's an unusual little movie that covers bipolar disorder.
  • Field Notes From Dimension X: Oasis —Captain Fred T. Rogard muses in isolation on planet Oasis. update: this was SO Liquid TV that I loved it.
  • From Burger It Came —An animated film that recounts early 1980s-era Cold War fears of a young boy in middle America. Using a variety of techniques, the visual narrative is colorfully assembled over semi-documentary audio conversations between a grown adult recounting his fears and his mother’s memory of the time and her own concerns. update: it was fun to watch, a little disconnected a la Liquid TV.
  • I Live In The Woods —A Woodsman’s fast-paced journey, fueled by happiness, slaughter, and a confrontation with America’s God. update: weird and ultra-graphically violent.
  • Instead of Abracadabra—Tomas is a little bit too old to still be living with his parents, but his dream of becoming a magician leaves him with no other option. update: I don't know what it is with Swedish films lately, like Let The Right One In, that they can't go wrong by me. You can relate to the character, and it's a satisfying little film.
  • James—A young man grapples with the impulses and thoughts about being gay. update: excellent piece on remembering something a little traumatic from the child's point of view after growing up. I loved how they captured the child's perspective.
  • Magnetic Movie—Natural magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries, as scientists from NASA’s space sciences laboratory excitedly describe their discoveries. update: good, kept me on my toes not knowing what to expect, but it was all that it appeared and nothing more.
  • This Way Up—Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble. update: a homage of sorts to Ed Gorey and Tim Burton. Very, very good.
I'm totally pouncing on these indies as fast as I can. Countertransference sounds fun. Will see how these are as soon as they finish downloading.

My Downloads/View List Update
  • As I logged onto IMDb today to add URL links to some of the movies on this post, I realized they themed the entire IMDb website in honor of the Battlestar Galactica final season premier tonight
  • I'm also downloading a very neat BBC documentary called The Story of India... alas it's 6 episodes at 700+ MB each and these are taking forever to download.New downloads on my to-watch list this weekend are:
  • Burn After Reading - Just finished watching it. It started making sense only after Brad Pitt got shot in the head (those who know me may think I'm being sarcastic here). I still find it a laborious task to watch George Clooney and Tilda Swinton (RE: here), but strangely fascinating as well...
  • Demon Seed - a favorite older horror/sci-fi movie--though I shouldn't say older... it came out the year I was born! I'm always partial to movies and music from that year ;o)
  • Memento - I hear it's good, and has been on my radar ever since I missed it's opening weekend, therefore I better get this done with already
  • Little Miss Sunshine - I've heard good things, again, so here's hoping
In other news, I watched the movie Tron (I cringe once again, and much-prefer older Forbidden Planet) for the first time and after hearing so much about it for years... wow was it boring, what a let down. Where the heck was the plot? Running, running, cycling, chasing, running. Repeat. The graphics and computer tech was cool, for the times, however, and I can totally dig the innovativeness.

That's all for my movie news and update, wishes for a good weekend!