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28 November 2007 @ 09:42 am
wayback wednesday: Margot at the Wedding and I'm Not There (no spoilers)  
So, during the long weekend we saw two movies.

Friday night, we saw Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding with a bunch of friends and I don't think anyone exactly liked it but me and K. Nicole Kidman plays Margot, who is returning to the home she grew up in ostensibly to attend the wedding of her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Margot's brand of unrestrained, passive-aggressive, and unflinchingly critical "truthtelling" causes problems for just about every character who happens to wander into the movie. If that doesn't sound like a good time to you, then it probably isn't. But I found it funny and oddly cathartic, especially right after getting together with my family for Thanksgiving.

Then on Sunday, we saw I'm Not There, an experimental and largely metaphorical biography of Bob Dylan from semiotics-crazed Todd Haynes, who also directed the marvelous and eccentric glam rock pastiche Velvet Goldmine. In this multi-story film, six or seven actors play characters that each embody some aspect of Dylan's mystique without ever literarally depicting the man himself. K. and I thought it was great. My favorite scene featured one of the Dylans (Cate Blanchett) and Allen Ginsberg (David Cross) yelling at a statue of Jesus. A heavenly host of great musicians conspired on some really amazing Dylan covers for the soundtrack. I particularly dug Jeff Tweedy doing "Simple Twist of Fate" and Richie Havens doing "Tombstone Blues."

Current Mood: 238
Listening to: Tullycraft - "Sent to the Moon"
zantimisfit on November 29th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I hope you've seen Don't Look Back.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: seonna hongassmonkeydiary on November 29th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Is that the one where Donald Sutherland is chasing his dead daughter around Venice?

Oh, wait... that's Don't Look Now.

No, I don't think I've seen Don't Look Back. So, I should?
zantimisfit on November 29th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Dont Look Back is a fascinating look at a young poet with an inflated ego who will eventually become a "Legend." Dylan spends a lot of time being a pretentious and righteous prick to anyone he feels upholds the status quo. About a quarter of the time you can't even understand him because he's mumbly and the microphones aren't real great. But it's kind of fun and interesting and cool to see him perform at the beginning of his career.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red cameraassmonkeydiary on November 29th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Cool, I'm slapping it onto my Netflix queue as we speak. It'll help break up our endless viewing of the various iterations of Degrassi Junior High.