Haven’t posted about film yet and I figured tonight was the perfect opportunity to highlight a few of them as I watched all 3 of these again today.
1. In Bruges (2008) – Directed by Martin McDonagh.
In Bruges is a 2008 comedy by the genius Martin McDonagh who is a renowned playwright in his home country of Ireland. It stars Colin Farrell (in BY FAR his best role ever) and Brendan Gleeson as hit men who are sent to the Belgian town of Bruges to hide out after a botched hit ordered by their boss, played to the hilt by Ralph Fiennes. I love this film for its tone, and the acerbic wit that is present throughout. The humor is very black and the dialogue is absolutely vicious and at times gut-wrenching funny. Farrell is at his best here playing a bit of a dope, but someone you feel sympathy for as the film wears on. There’s midgets, cute Belgian (shes actually French in real life) girls, drug use + fat people jokes. I love this film and it never overstays its welcome. It also has a killer score and soundtrack.
2. Man on Wire (2008) – Directed by James Marsh.
Man on Wire is a documentary about Philippe Petit, a Frenchman who walked a tightrope in between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. This is a gorgeous story filled with passion, love, and suspense. It’s told in a very cool style of both interviews with the participants and dramatic re-enactments. The use of period imagery and music is almost poetic in it’s tone and the pacing is absolutely perfect. This is a beautiful story with its use and placement of Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie #1” (one of my favorite classical pieces of all time) being right up there with the use of Pietro Mascagni’s “Rusticana Intermezzo” in Raging Bull, and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in both Platoon & The Elephant Man for cinematic use of classical music.
3. Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Directed by Quentin Tarantino.
I probably don’t need to describe this film, but I will anyway. Inglourious Basterds is Tarantinos tour-de-force historical fiction about a group of Jewish soldiers who are hunting nazis in WWII France. As usual with QT, the dialogue is jaw-droppingly good, the violence brutal, and the comedy black. This is easily Q’s best since “Pulp Fiction”, and there as at least one scene (the bar scene) that I consider to be his best work to date. Every actor is brilliant, especially Christoph Walz who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the lead nazi in the film.
You need to see all 3 of these if you haven’t already.