What? What? WHAT?
I mean WHAT! the fuck is that supposed to say? Is it really supposed to say, ' Look, I'm a gormless fucking git. I have a face even more punchable than Elijah Wood's!?' (One of the main reasons I have never managed to watch the Lord of the Rings films is my totally irrational desire to punch or throw things at Frodo's face every time it appears on screen, and as he is the hero of the story, and I guess would therefore be on screen for a long time; watching them could get expensive in replacement televisions alone.)
And why, 'Sell your tablet now! Get ready for the new iPad'? Wouldn't it make more sense to buy the new iPad and THEN sell your tablet - after you've transferred all your important stuff to it. And made sure the bugger works?
And what are those things on the left? The ones with 'sold' stickers on them? Whatever they are, the one on the far left is in no way a rectangular object occupying the same physical space as the other two. Its either some strange failed quadrangular make of tablet (The Sinclair XZTabloid? ) or it is falling into a different alien dimension with strangely altered rules of perspective. (Possibly the same different* alien dimension where trout-faced Frodo-a-like has come from.)
Damn! I have now run out of this month's ration of question marks.
The good news is that due to technical whatevers beyond my control and, to be honest, comprehension, this month's list of last month's films is shorter than usual. Same number of films I've just been less verbose:
- Reign of Fire (2002) - which turned out to be a lot better than its reputation had lead me to expect. It's not art, it's not meaningful, it certainly doesn't make you want to think, it's Mad Max with dragons and it almost worked. Buggered if I can see where they spent 95 million dollars though.
- Alpha and Omega - a kids animated adventure about anthropomorphic wolves (that look like Sonic the Hedgehog), made by undercooking a collection of Disney clichés and hoping for the best.
- Red Rose (2005) - Many, many, many years ago I had the singular privilege of editing Red Rose director's first short. (A film he, wisely, does not list on his IMDb credits.) I thought at the time he was a over-confident, untalented, no-hoper (this was shortly before I realised I was an under-confident, talentless, no-hoper and got out of the business). He has gone on to finance produce and direct several feature films. If they are all as bad as as this one all I can say is he should have followed my lead.
- The Empire Strikes Back- I promised the kids I'd watch it with them.
- Profundo Rosso (aka Deep Red 1975) - At last! A Dario Argento film that lives up to its reputation.
- Videodrome (1983) - for the umpteenth time. I keep forgetting how funny it is.
- The Vindicator (1986) - even the presence of Foxy Brown herself, Pam Grier, can't save this Canadian evil corporation, creates cyborg killing machine with a soul, Robocopy.
- Mother of Invention (2009) Tiresomely over-long mockumentary with a very thin joke is stretched far beyond any hope of being funny. All credit though to the makers for getting a lot for their piddling budget of $60,000 and credit too for not going down the cheap horror schlock route.
- Dementia 13 (1963) early Francis Ford Coppola.
- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) - what a funny funny film. Loved it. I also loved it for the near total lack of music. I think I'm right in saying there were only two bits of non-diegetic music in the whole show and those were at the start and end. I love silence in films. It's rare these days.
- Rainbow (1995) - insipid, unmagical kids' tale directed by Bob Hoskins and notable only for being the first 35mm released theatrical feature to be shot on digital. And it shows.
- Lemming (2005) - A young couple find a lemming jammed in their waste pipe and then their boss' wife shoots herself in their spare bedroom. After that things start to get a bit strange. Initially interesting but soon turns very French (ie over-long and not as clever or unsettling as it thinks it is).
- Carnival of Souls (1962) - Creepy little film. Love it.
- Le beau mariage (1982) - I don't get Eric Rohmer or
understand why anyone watches him. He made his made his first film in
1950 and by the time he made this one, 30 years later, you would have
thought that would have learned something about film making. If he did
it wasn't on show here. Not an interestingly framed shot in the whole
show. 97 minutes of self-obsessed, endless, pointless repetitive
wittering delivered in long static takes by characters slap in the
centre of the frame. Occasionally the relentless whining is broken by
dull transition sequences where someone walks or drives from somewhere
to somewhere else for no real reason - and it starts all over again - in
French. Le yadda yadda yadda. Pause. Le yadda yadda yadda. It's not
even minimalism; it's just empty. Basically the whole plot is this: a
silly and very annoying young woman decides she wants to marry. She is
introduced to a man at a wedding reception. She decides he's the one.
He tells her he's not interested. The end. Apparently it was a
comedy. All I can say the 'comedy' must have lost a lot in
translation - or the French are even weirder than I thought. It looked
like the first run through of a dull play that the film crew just
happened to stumble on.
Another VHS yanked out of the machine as soon as the end titles started and on its way to the charity shop un-rewound. Not wasting any more electricity on that! thank you very much.
The only real acting was done by André Dussollier who also appeared in Lemming which I watched a few days ago. He is rapidly turning into my favourite French Actor I Had Never Heard of Before Last Week. He's good, does very good listening which, given that his character hardly gets a word in edgeways for most of the time, is probably why he got the part.
- Starship Troopers (1997) - Space Ken and Space Barbie fight Evil Space Bugs for two hours.
*I know what I mean.