2009: 3 movies


Un tour de manege
Directed by Nicolas Athane, Brice Chevillard,
Alexis Liddell, Fran├žoise Losito,
and Mai Nguyen 
Music by Pablo Pico

   Almost too perfect! Maybe the greatest movie. Seriously, the colors and movement, the boldness of getting a spirit so tender into a movie is mind-boggling. The fact that it's so short plays into its theme brilliantly. 
   The title translates from the French to "A merry-go-round"

Taking Woodstock
Directed by Ang Lee
Written by James Schamus
Produced by Celia D. Costas, Ang Lee,
and James Schamus
Cinematography by Eric Gautier
Editing by Tim Squyres
Music by Danny Elfman
Production design by David Gropman
Art direction by Peter Rogness
Set decor by Ellen Christiansen
Costumes by Joseph G. Aulisi
Make-up by LuAnn Claps and Nicky Pattison Illum 
Hair-styles by Jerry DeCarlo and Lyndell Quiyou
Starring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton,
Paul Dano, and Kelli Garner

   Remember that Hitchcock movie "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), where a young kid is bored in a conservative life and prays for Uncle Charlie to visit and make everything alive again? But when Uncle Charlie comes, life becomes a nightmare? 
   In this movie, Uncle Charlie comes in the form of the hippie movement, and this time, all problems are solved. Great music, great performances, great direction. One of the best movies to get you into the mindset of the late 1960s US rock and hippie movements. Also gives a rendering of what America is, what it could be, and what is keeping it back.

Choices
Written, directed, produced, and edited 
by Rashaad Ernesto Green
Starring Kaylin Bensinger and Reinaldo Marcus Green

   Well done character-study. Well done because it shows adulthood-based visuals that we try to match with the childhood-based audio. The whole time it has us working like a third member of the visuals and a second member of the audio. We're trying to figure out what's going on. Who's talking. What's the message? And will it be up to the task of rendering this intimate physical act as connected or just a selling point? In the end, I deem it a tasteful, respectful, and purposeful sex scene. But it's only successful because it is a deeply emotional and honest offering.




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