JOHN: This is what movies could be but choose not to—like a nightmare you wake up from and wonder if it were real.
SPANKY: There are three things that stay with you years after leaving it: 1) the protagonist walking along after his father’s stroke and finding a cut-off ear in the grass, 2) the songs “Blue Velvet” and “In Dreams“ performed with their weird context instead of blaring off of a portable radio, 3) Isabella Rosellini telling her young savior to hit her making love.
JOHN: And he does hit her. At the end, though the plot is resolved, the troubling subtext is free to go on and on and on.
SPANKY: Who would go to such a film? I’m sure that is why others never followed David Lynch. More than a romantic entertainment for date night, more than an action flick for pre-teens. A film that changes who you are and how you see life.
JOHN: Creepy, beyond what we want, beyond what we need. But we can’t look away.
SPANKY: 4 Barks out of 4
JOHN: 4 GOs out of 4
SPANKY: I know you like to go back over movies you saw at a certain time in your life, but most seem labored, dated.
JOHN: Not this one. It parallels a confusion about Vietnam we still suffer from. When I first saw the movie I wanted it to stick closer to Heart of Darkness which I had read. To see Brando at the end. Be moved by his words.
SPARKY: But now we see many more references to Kurtz throughout the film. The visuals are spectacular and at the end we do need someone of Brando’s stature.
JOHN: The fact that he doesn’t make any sense seems even more appropriate now than it did then.
SPARKY: We were looking for easy answers then.
JOHN: This is a masterpiece that goes beyond its time. The message: There is more to “the horror” than war. “The horror” is humanity.
SPARKY: Not something entertaining, but a film so important you have to watch it again. And again.
See it, see it, see it!
SPANKY: I have never seen a more realistic movie, and I don’t mean it was just the actors growing over 12 years of filming.
JOHN: Perhaps, but I thought it felt a little too much like real life, I mean not going anwhere.
SPANKY: But it was interesting to watch people growing older. They repeated mistakes (marriages) they (and we) had already gone through. Continue reading
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Tagged Boyhood, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Jack Lehman, Particia Arquette, Richard Linklater
SPANKY: Nice to watch a movie we just sat through a few months ago.
JOHN: But don’t really remember, because…
SPANKY: Because you were so taken with Scarlet Johansson you didn’t remember anything else.
JOHN: This is a Woodly Allen movie in which he was breaking away from Manhattan. He plays a two-bit magician and Scarlet’s would-be father. Continue reading
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Tagged Hugh Jackman, Jack Lehman, magic, Scarlet Johansson, Scoop, Woody Allen
Inside Llewyn Davis
JOHN: This is one of the worst movies I have seen in years.
SPANKY: And you’ve probably seen some bad ones, I know I have.
JOHN: It played at the Sundance in Madison for maybe a week. I wanted to go because, not only was it a Coen brother’s movie, but also it was about a folk singer in Greenwich Village at the start of the sixties. I went there in 1959 to be a folk singer myself. Continue reading
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Tagged Carey Mulligan, Dave Van Ronk, Garrett Hedlund, Greenwich Village, Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac
JOHN: I was going to review another movie, a French mystery, that was good but confusing. Then I watched this film.
SPANKY: In English, right?
JOHN: Yes, but it was so down to earth, so adult in theme (about second marriage, about children leaving home, adult friendship, about an attractive woman and a not so attractive man she is dating).
SPANKY: And these things are related?
JOHN: As they are in real life, not in any Hollywood kind of way, but as we experience them and then lose ourselves in romantic fantasies.
SPANKY: So, why not just experience it? Why go to a movie about it? Continue reading
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Tagged Catherine Keener, Eve Hewson, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nicole Holofcener, Tavi Gevinson, Toni Collette
Lost in Translation
SPANKY: You watched this because, of…
JOHN: Scarlett Johansson, yes, not Bill Murray—even though he is from my hometown of Chicago. And I have been to Tokyo and Kyoto, equally lost as the two of them.
SPANKY: So, Sofia Coppola could have just shot a movie of you and saved herself a lot of money?
JOHN: If acting didn’t matter, Continue reading
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Tagged Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi, Jack Lehman, Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johanson, Sofia Coppola, Spanky and John Go To The Movies