Tuesday, July 23, 2013

RECENTLY BEHELD: JULY 15-21, 2013 (PART 2)

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(2013)



Ain't The Bodies Saints is a Bonnie & Clyde story if they had been young, in love, and caught sooner to prevent their inevitable tragedy. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are spouses who are forced by law to part when Affleck's character goes to prison after a crime spree. The style felt to get in the way of the story as much as it punctuated it, but what a beautiful film with great performance by Mara and Ben Foster especially.

★★★½
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(2011)


In preparation for attending my first Comic-Con I purposefully checked out Morgan Spurlock's recent documentary all about the widely known annual geek fest in San Diego. It's a great crash course about what it is and what it means to so many people (both celebrity and fan alike). 

★★★½
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(2013)


Writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn teams up with American heartthrob Ryan Gosling again (see 2011's Drive) in a nightmarish Bangkok for Only God Forgives. This is definitely the most beautiful film I've seen this year (photography by Larry Smith) but also the most depraved. If it weren't for the surrealism that lends itself to an allegory of God and the Devil it would be hard to recommend let alone stomach. It's incredibly divisive but I've already decided it's masterful.

★★★★★
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(2013)


I saw Pacific Rim for a second time on Saturday, mainly to see it with my wife for her first time. I'll admit, it was not as awesome as my first viewing - even the "battle for Hong Kong" as it shall hereby be known as was lackluster. Maybe I was too worried that my wife wouldn't like it (though she did!) or maybe all the excitement evaporated. In any case, nobody can take my first viewing from me.

★★★★½
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Rubber
(2010)



Rubber begins with a police chief coming out of a car trunk and addressing an audience (who are spectating characters in the film) with a monologue about "no reason." Behind the meta framing is the story of a tire named Robert who can blow crap up (mostly human heads) through telekinesis. The rest is for the birds.

★★★
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(1991)


Leave it to Eleanor Coppola (Francis' wife) to direct a behind-the-scenes documentary about the grueling making of Apocalypse Now. You'll shake your head in disbelief at all the obstacles that the director, his family, cast and crew went through during shooting in the Philippines, which took the better part of a year in. Only Vietnam itself was more of a headache, only fitting for a glimpse behind the best war/anti-war movie I've ever seen.

★★★★½
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Seen any of these films? What did you see last week? Please feel free to share your thoughts or your own recently beheld in the comments below!

Here's last week's Recently Beheld.

Also, see what else I've seen this year in my Letterboxd diary.

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