What I’ve been watching lately…(slapdash list)

La Zona Directed by Rodrigo Plá, 2007 (TV).  Ok, interesting but not as gripping as it should have been.

Battle: Los Angeles Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, 2011 (Cinema).  Yawn.  About 30 mins in the middle is ok.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse! (DVD) 1987ish  GRIN

Red Sorghum Directed by Yimou Zhang, 1988.   (DVD) Good stuff.  The last film I watched that made me cry.

Son of Godzilla Directed by Jun Fukuda, 1967. (rewatched DVD, but only a bit)  “scary mummy” = switched it off, will return Little Tassles to this in a year or two.  One of my favourite Godzilla films, and great soundtrack to boot.

Farewell My Concubine Directed by Kaige Chen, 1993. (rewatch DVD)  Great, engaging, sprawling melodrama against political background.

Raise the Red Lantern (DVD rewatch) Directed by Yimou Zhang, 1991.  Great, I always enjoy how engaging this film is, and the power struggle between the four wives.

Submarine Directed by Richard Ayoade, 2010 (cinema) Wonderful, wonderful, with just the right amount of French New Wave touches whilst remaining resolutely British.

The Runaways Directed by Floria Sigismondi, 2010.  (DVD).  Enjoyable fluff, any film featuring Kim Fowley has got to be worth a look.

The Eagle Directed by Kevin Macdonald, 2011.  (Cinema) Ripping yarn, no more, no less.

The Colour of Pomegranates Sergei Parajanov, 1968.  (DVD) Not an easy film to watch or define, an artful visual poem based in the life of an Armenian poet/folk hero.  Not really my cup of tea.

The Legend of Suram Fortress Sergei Parajanov, 1986. (DVD)  Preferred this to the above, more of a narrative to follow.

Youth in Revolt Directed by Miguel Arteta, 2009.  (DVD) Irreverent, perfectly odd, just my cup of tea.  Much better and more interesting than the publicity made it look!

Satyricon Fellini, 1969.  (DVD)  Gloriously impressive sets and production, wonderfully perverse – nowhere near as shocking as I expected but some great crude turns of phrase in the dialogue: “pendulous fart” springs to mind.

Source Code Duncan Jones, 2011. (Cinema)  Ok – but Hitchcock did this kind of thing better.  And probably wouldn’t have put the 15-minute nonsense epilogue on the end. Meh.