WILD THINGS

 

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!

You know, I wasn’t really interested in seeing this film. However, the reality of the day led me to the decision that I needed to escape it all for just a little while. So, screw my budget! I went to the movies. I actually quite liked this movie. Spike Jonze just seems to be an incredible filmmaker. You think I would understand that by now. I think I still associate him with all those crazed skateboard antic films he used to (still?) makes. But, his feature film work is really quite impressive.

I’m not a parent, but I kept thinking to myself: “Why is this film rated PG?” …Not that this film would fail to entertain a child, but it deals with some fairly substantial issues in rather direct ways. I don’t think I would want my child to see it unless they were exceptionally mature or at least 12 or 13 years old. In many ways, I felt this movie captured the frustration of being a child in a scary, sometimes brutal adult world — and that child trying to cope it all out. …Very much through the imaginings of a creative adult. I never read the book(s) as a kid. …nor, as an adult.

Anyway, great movie!

And, due to a mistake on my absent minded part, I accidentally I pressed too many buttons on the Amazon.com UK site and ordered the DVD of BRONSON — a British film which is just now opening in US cinemas. This film is about an all together sort of wild thing — and where they are…

 

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Tom Hardy transformed to be BRONSON!

BRONSON is a truly unique, visionary and extraordinary film. Tho, based entirely on fact and the life of Britain’s most infamous and “celebrated” prisoner — I believe he is considered the most violent prisoner to ever be held in a British prison — and has been in prison for almost his entire life. He took on the name “Charlie Bronson” after the DEATH WISH American movie star.

What made this film so brilliant is the way the director/writer pursued the telling of Bronson’s story and many wild escapades within the British prison system. The film takes an almost non-linear approach in showing us the man’s life by applying ambiguous small scenes from his life inter-spliced with Bronson either addressing the camera or a make believe audience with back screen projection of actual archival footage of Bronson’s instigated riot at a brutal British mental hospital. The cinematography and editing are amazing — and the director must have made the decision to over saturate all the colors on the screen to great impact. The viewer is left with a totally visceral and surreal experience of a real person who is either trapped by choice or by need in prison. I found myself wanting to know more and felt a bit frustrated after the film ended — but after thinking on it — the director’s choices were brilliant!

Along with HURT LOCKER — I feel this is the best film I’ve seen in 2009.  And, if there is to ANY justice — Tom Hardy will walk away with the Oscar for his performance. Perhaps the most memorable I’ve seen since DeNiro played TAXI DRIVER. Remarkable performance! A MUST SEE!!!!

Anyway, these were both interesting and worthy films.

Oh, and this one was quite good, too!

Oswald as the Big Fan! This film is also quite amazing in its own quiet way. Patton Oswald is so well cast in this role. Painfully funny and effective. …And, one doesn’t need to understand sports to enjoy or understand it. Sadly, it took me about 20 minutes into the movie to understand that the character is a fan of a football team. I kept wondering where the basketball court was.  I don’t know from sports, but I do know from movies — and this is well worth seeing!

That’s it for now,

love and kisses,

matty

 

 

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November 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized.

3 Comments

  1. Rick replied:

    I’ve been on the fence about seeing Wild Things. I was never crazy about the book but maybe I’ll give it a shot.

  2. The Sagittarian replied:

    A friend of ours had a kid called Max so we bought him that book (Where the wild things are) for his birthday when he was born!

  3. Urspo replied:

    I am other different persuasion. I found the movie disappointing and depressing. It hadn’t very little to do with the positive energies of the book.
    I kept wanting to prescribe medication to the group, as well as a group therapy.

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