April 9th, 2007

amd: turqoise scare

Films 2 - 6

Saw two films on Friday:

For a romance, there's certainly a lot of hitting in South Korean director Kim Hae-gon's Between Love and Hate. A nice combination of romantic comedy, melodrama, and slapstick, it stars Jang Jin-Young as the feisty and adorable Yeon-Ah whose four year relationship with Jun-Hee has to endure her job, his friends, his mother... and his fiance.

Invisible Waves from Pen-ek Ratanaruang, the Thai director of "Last Life in the Universe" was really great. My favorite Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (Survive Style 5+) stars as Kyoji, a Japansese gangster being sent away to Thailand to be punished for his sexual transgressions. While the pacing is slow and the action low key, the film is incredibly compelling and never boring.

And three films on Saturday:

The anime film Paprika (from "Millenium Actress" director Satoshi Kon) started off fantastic with a great reality-bending, sci-fi concept and interesting characters, but it went on a bit too long and the plot got so squishy that by the end I could only really enjoy it as pretty images and fun soundtrack, rather than an actual story.

"Henry Fool" is my favorite Hal Hartley film and one of my top films period, so I was pretty thrilled that the sequel was going to be shown at the festival. Despite some crazy tonal shifts, I found Fay Grim hilarious and highly entertaining. It's basically a satire of old espionage films, but with Parker Posey acting like a character from a Roy Lichtenstein painting (with camera angles to match).

Douglas Buck's remake of the 1973 Brian DePalma film Sisters was quite good. The plot revolves around murder, medicine, and formerly conjoined twins. Admittedly I have no memory of the original, but I thought Buck did a great job of keeping the look and feel of 1970s suspense films while updating the action to modern times. Stephen Rea and Chloë Sevigny did fine, but the best performance was by Lou Doillon as Angelique.

I'll review yesterday's films tomorrow...