magic

Earthsea (Robert Lieberman, 2004)

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I was in the mood for some sci-fi, so I hit up this dvd of Earthsea that I inherited from someone else’s parents.  I’m pretty sure I’d actually seen it before, and it was better than I remembered.  I’ve read some of the books so I knew the context, which I think helped a lot.  I really liked a lot of the themes in the story, and enjoyed the experience overall.  I didn’t realize, when starting it at 10:30, that it was like 137 minutes long.  But yeah, you get some nice special effects, a dragon, an amulet, and some all-around good fantasy fun.

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

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MX/SP/USA, 112 min

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A lonely young girl concocts a fantasy world in which to escape from her oppressive life in 1940s Spain.

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a treatment on fantasy and fairy tales
beautiful enough, great performances, blah blah
but geez, excess hype sure ruins everything.
moreover, i kept having the feeling that i’d seen it before.
and what’s with the R ratings on these movies?
are they intended for nostalgic adults?
i may give it another chance in the distant future;
in the meantime…

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Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Jacques Rivette, 1974)

Celine and Julie Go Boating

FR, 193 min

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071381/

so. so. good. magic.

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Like all of Rivette’s characters, Céline and Julie are cinema’s great sleepwalkers—walking through our world, in a world of their own, seeing (quite literally) how the two rhyme and scheme together, how they might scheme back. Is there a plot? It’s the question often facing Rivette characters; the next question is whether they are its audience, subject, or author. In Céline and Julie they are, progressively, all three. When they look in the looking glass , the nod isn’t just to the helpless spectators of Lewis Carroll and Jean Cocteau (like Orpheus, they’ll even find themselves in a car taking them from one world to another)—but to Duck Soup, and to Groucho Marx, ever occupying a different plane of reality than Mrs. Dumont. Surreality: the level right above reality: the level of God and Groucho. With reality entirely at their disposal. – David Phelps

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