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Confessions of a Film Junkie

I got to watch two amazing movies tonight. The first one was I'm not scared and the second one was Elephant.

Ok, honestly I've been sitting here for like 20 minutes trying to think of how to write a review. I can't do it! I couldn't do it in school when I took film classes and I can't do it now. For whatever reason, I'm not very good at writing about film. I would rather just sit and talk about the movies with people. That's what I like, talking about film in conversation. I just can't seem to translate that passion into typing. Although obviously I can write about this subject all I want, but that's because it's easy to complain about myself.

Ok, I just made a second lj-cut here, and labelled it an Elephant review. But, as we can see, I'm being difficult about this whole "writing a review" thing and I would rather rant about myself. I did think that both of these movies were great, though. Elephant really pissed me off right after I finished watching it, and I jumped up and I stomped around and I talked kinda loudly about how much I hate Gus Van Sant for his pretentious vision of how film should be. I matched this movie up with Gerry, which I passionately hated after I saw it. As many of you know, I am a "film lover" in that I generally do not hate movies. Often, when I do have a passionately negative response, I over examine the movie to the point at which I gain respect for it and then I want to watch it again. I have held this negative response to Gerry ever since I saw it. Up until this point tonight where I watched Elephant, I haven't wanted to watch Gerry again. That has changed.

Ok, that's enough of silliness behind the lj-cuts. After I watched Elephant, I jumped over to one of my new favorite websites, Rotten Tomatoes. I realized that imdb is a great resource for movie stats and hype on movies, but Rotten Tomatoes is the place to read intelligent opinions on film. While I was reading the reviews of Elephant, I was totally convinced by the articles that this film was great. I was too confused by this movie to make an opinion so I had to turn to people who are smarter then me.

Ack, my back has been hurting like crazy for the past couple days. I'm a little concerned. I'm not sure what I did that has caused this.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 16th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
Sup, yea, I want to leave a comment in my own entry. This is better then editting the entry and changing something that shouldn't be chagned. I'm happy with the post right as it is.

Anyways, I wanted to elaborate on the whole "I over examine the movie to the point at which I gain respect for it and then I want to watch it again" thing.

When I first watched Josie and the Pussycats, I really disliked it. But, after the movie came out on dvd, I got to watch it a couple more times. With multiply viewings, I started finding that movie very funny and clever. It no longer gives me headaches and I have caught myself referencing the movie in my conversations with people.

Also, I hated The Talented Mr. Ripley, but so much time has passed since I watched that. I don't know if I would still hate it if I rewatched it. Maybe it's like eating vegetables. Once one learns to accept it as something that has to be done, they get over themselves and start eating them. That sentence is really funny coming from me.
May. 16th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
watched life of brian (spectacular remastering job) at the neptune last night and saw the preview (read: 30 seconds of incomprehendable clips) for elephant. looked interesting. id see more movies if i had more money.
May. 16th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
The trailer is really strange, but then it's a strange movie. The camera work is part of the reason that the movie is so challenging and the actual events and dialog that the characters are saying isn't the important part.

I shouldn't say too much, though. Honestly, I would just say go see it with an open mind but give it a chance to get through the whole movie.
May. 16th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
We rented it from hollywood video and there was some sort of one night deal with it being 99 cents. I don't know any details, but my roommates were talking about it.
May. 17th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
elephant is great because it's exactly how life is, period.
May. 17th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
That was the concept and it's pretty challenging to watch it. But it's a fasinating movie and worth everyone's attention.

Hey, you still free tomorrow?
May. 18th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
got called into work, sorry...
May. 18th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
me too! damn, and we were so close to planning something here.
May. 21st, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)
I want to see I'm Not Scared, but I don't know if I'm going to get to it.

Elephant I thought was pretty good. I had a hard time deciding if I liked it or not after seeing it. I had to really think about it, and decided that I did like it. It was weird to not know how I felt about it until a few days after seeing it.

I love rottentomatoes. I knew they had their own journal thing there, but didn't realize they you could rate films there, and they link everything for you from your journal to the film pages. And all this really nifty stuff, so I started a journal over there too, just for writing film reviews, and just talking about films, I guess.

Do you have a journal there? I need friends, 'cause I only have one, and I don't know who that person is.

Oh, and Gerry was my favorite film of last year. Hmm.

I'm adding you here to. I've enjoyed your comments in various communities. I hope that's okay.
May. 21st, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
I'm not scared is worth seeing, even if you wait until video. Most films like that are easier to wait until video releases anyways.

Elephant was pretty challenging, but I think that's one of the main reasons I liked it. Gus Van Sant is like "Fuck you! I'll make a movie that's boring to watch and you'll still like it!" I felt that it didn't work for Gerry, but it worked really well for Elephant. But like I said, I feel like i need to rewatch gerry now because maybe I'll "get it" more this time.

I'm going to have to look into this journal thing at rottentomatoes. I didn't even know they had that.

I've added you back.
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