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11 April 2008 @ 08:29 pm
Festival Films 16-20  
Wednesday, I started with the Scottish film Mister Foe starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as an emotionally disturbed young man with a penchant for sneaking and spying that only gets worse when he flees his family home to Edinburgh. I liked it, but found its grasp on realism a bit shaky. Sophia Myles and Claire Forlani also star.

Next up was Priceless where Amelie's Audrey Tautou plays a seductive gold digger who preys on rich old men in the French Riviera, but accidentally falls for a man (Gad Elmaleh) who may not be able to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed. It's cute, lively, and fun.

After that, I went to see the so-called "mystery film," which the festival gossip had correctly identified as The Wackness (apparently they could only show it under the condition of not promoting it). If you've heard anything about this movie, it's probably that Sir Ben Kingsley makes out with one of the Olsen Twins in it. The main character is a middle class teenage drug dealer in early 90s NYC, who trades pot for therapy with Kinglsey. It was ok, but uncompelling.

Thursday, I saw a great Spanish film called The Sandman about a young nurse learning the secret of her birth and the accompanying story of her dead mother finding love inside a cruelly-run mental institution. It was extremely well done and actually brought a tear to my eye.

The Voyeurs could have been a good film about two video camera installers and the woman they're spying on in Calcutta, but halfway through the director Buddhadeb Dasgupta decided to turn it into a completely different movie. Suddenly, the character arcs and relationships that have been slowly building get thrown out the window for a half-baked story about terrorism. Kind of a waste, because it was pretty interesting up until then.

After that, I decided to join K. and her co-workers for drinks and ended up skipping out on the rest of my day's movies. Just as well. I was needing a break.

Listening to: A. C. Newman - "The Town Halo"
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on April 11th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sir Ben Kingsley makes out with one of the Olsen Twins in it

Horzaeuan on April 11th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Was Jamie Bell any good in Hallam Foe because frankley he was shocking in everything else I've seen him in?
puzzlewithpans on April 11th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
jamie bell's a great actor i suppose you've just seen him in these mainstream crap films. its a perfect example of a nice lad getting shat on by hollywood.
Horzaeuan on April 11th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not bitter about such things, I am usually well pleased when someone like Mr Bell gets "work" be it mainstream or otherwise. Yorkshire Lad makes good in hollywood? It's got to be a good thing in general but I'm failing to see it from here.

Recomend me something.
puzzlewithpans on April 11th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
huh? r u worried for his soul or acting ability?

dont ask me to recommend something of his you'll get me started.

but er the thing is with jamie he tends to give great performances in lousy movies. if you want convincing of his acting ability youshould really see 'the chumscrubber' he's incredible far better than the script anyway and you can literally see the movie collapse to keep up with him .Ok i exagerate a tad. Quite like 'jumper' actually.

But i guess I recommend hallam foe because its the first time that the performance adds upto to a cracking movie.
i mean i'm not beyond reason jamie was kinda cack in nicholas nickelby and king kong but he'll definately convince you in hallam foe.

so in short -or long-watch hallam foe. oh and dear wendy! its not easy to play a pacifist who's in love with his gun but jamie er brings something special to it.

you were talking jamie movies wernt u or have i just pratteld on mercilessly
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on April 11th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
He was pretty good. My chief complaint--and I don't know if it's the fault of the writing or the acting--was that his mental instability was either totally turned on or totally turned off from scene to scene, almost like he was playing two different characters.
jover on April 12th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I wonder why it's called Mister Foe in the States rather than Hallam Foe, as it is over here.
I haven't seen it myself, but some of my friends have. They thought it was a bit rubbish, and complained about it for two main reasons, as far as I could gather. Firstly, they thought it that the woman's behaviour (don't want to give out the spoiler that they gave me) made no sense. Secondly, the flat in the film is on a street really close to where we live, and apparently the view from it would be very different from that in the film.

Also, HI EUAN! How's it going?
(The only reason I posted this comment as a reply to yours was to be sure to get your attention.)
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on April 12th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
They probably figured Hallam was too foreign-sounding of a name for a title. It's one I was unfamiliar with.
Horzaeuan on April 14th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Like you have to "try" to get my attention?

Where? Where flat? London?
jover on April 21st, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
In Edinburgh. That's where I'm at now. How else can I get your attention? Whereabouts in the internet do you lurk these days?
Alien Implantalienimplant on April 12th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)