Sunday, 30 June 2013

June films

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a little while. I did mean to watch a few more films, but June was a funny month, so I ended up not doing that. But I might as well publish it.

Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004)
I've been on a bit of an Almodóvar kick lately and this one was pretty cool. Obviously it was very bizarre, but the execution of the film was just about accessible enough to make it all almost believable. The best aspect of it was that the audience can pretty much either correctly guess what is about to transpire from the mood of the relations between characters, or be totally contradicted in that respect.

Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, 2010)
Seeing as Lost In Translation is in my top three favourite films ever, my expectations for this were probably stupidly high. It definitely had Sofia Coppola written all over it but I don't think it's something I would necessarily watch again. It probably would have been really good to watch in the cinema. I enjoyed some scenes, though, most notably the ones characterised by music (in true Coppola style); the poledancing with 'My Hero' by Foo Fighters playing over it, springs to mind. It was hard to tell whether the music was extra-diagetic or intra-diegetic (sorry, I've done so many cinema courses this semester) and I love that effect.

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
I was getting fed up with revision one day and decided I was really in the mood to watch Jurassic Park, even though it had been many years since I had last seen it. Back then, I was absolutely terrified - and even now, I had to watch it through my hands. Otherwise, it made me laugh a lot. All humans should aspire to be Jeff Goldblum. Anyway: who can really explain Jurassic Park, and who needs to justify it?