Monday, 8 October 2007

Films

Two for your consideration. Namely '300' and 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait'.
I watched 300 because i studied that particular battle in Classical Studies at school. It was actually very enjoyable, not least because of lines like "he is too young to have felt a woman's warmth". Good battle scenes and camp, pierced Persians. Zidane was unashamed arthouse fare but you couldn't help being blown away by the skill of it all. The soundtrack was excellent.
So, what did you see this weekend?

8 comments:

Lianne said...

I watched Requiem - based on a true story of an exorcism on a German girl in the 70's (The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on the same story but I haven't seen that). I thought it was really well done because it keeps you guessing all along, though the ending seemed abrupt. Won't say anymore for fear of spoiling!

Also watched Gone - a thriller about backpackers in Australia which I was expecting to be inspired by the Joanne Lees/Peter Falconio story (as there seem to be a few of those) but didn't seem to be really. I kept expecting certain things to pay off and they never did which was a bit frustrating. It looks very pretty though!

Elinor said...

Haven't seen either of those Lianne though I agree, I do love a film that keeps you guessing till the end. Have you seen Apocalypto?

Tom (formerly Dragon) said...

Watched Vertigo as I'd never actually seen it before. Damn but Hitchcock was good! Also watched Infernal Affairs - the Hong Kong thriller that inspired Scorsese's The Departed. Enjoyed it a lot.

Elinor said...

Vertigo is great. Putting Infernal Affairs on my list. Is it better than The Departed, I wonder...?

Lianne said...

Nope, haven't seen Apocalypto - it's one of those ones I have an extreme aversion to but can't quite put my finger on why. Seems a bit pretentious, maybe?

Vertigo is brilliant, one of my all time favourites. Personally I preferred Infernal Affairs to The Departed - I found the latter a bit overrated. Although there was some fantastic moments it didn't quite all gel together for me.

Elinor said...

Lianne, Apocalypto is pretentious but an adrenaline ride too and how often can you say that about a film? As ever in a Mel Gibson film, the blokes get all the character development. If you're a woman, you get raped, discarded or give birth down a hole. But don't let me put you off.

Lucy said...

"If you're a woman, you get raped, discarded or give birth down a hole."

Mel Gibson - or Hollywood in general, as long as you add wearing a black leather jumpsuit to the list.

Elinor said...

Sadly yes, Luce. Though if memory serves, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill...hmm, gave birth whilst in a coma, raped by a hospital orderly whilst in a coma and discarded by the man who put her in a coma but she did get to wield a big sword and wore a yellow leather jumpsuit. Is that progress? I did like it though, she did it all to get her daughter back.