Friday, June 01, 2007

May in Review

May was an interesting month. The first few days of it were spent finishing up a post-collegiate cross-country road trip I started on the 25th of April. It was nice, we took the northern route, up to San Francisco, cutting through Nevada, Utah and the northern midwest, before tracing down to Chicago, cutting through Philly and getting back in Boston on the 3rd or 4th. Reno, Nevada is easily the worst place on Earth. San Francisco is up there on a list of bests. I had my graduation a couple weeks ago, so now I possess a BA in film from Emerson College. I don't feel any different, but I'm feeling a lot more anxiety now that I don't have any netting underneath me anymore. I'm living in Boston for the summer, writing a screenplay and trying to find something that will enable me to make money. In the fall I'm either back in LA or I'm in New York. Leaning towards New York, but I really dug LA, so who knows? I've noticed that I'm watching movies at a steady rate again, which I like. I went to the Harvard Film Archive three times in one week. It's June 1st and I'm consumed with my eagerness to see Knocked Up. I'll probably go tomorrow night. Here's what I saw in May, no overview or even commentary on the Ceylans, unfortunately. Another boat missed.:

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. [C-] may 5th 2007.
[I guess this was kinda funny. I laughed a lot at the intro, but then I was bored for the next hour and ten minutes. The theater served beer, which made my experience better, but whatever. I'm a little ambivalent about talking about it, but that's just a response to the filmmakers' ambivalence towards making a good movie. "We've got your fucking money now so feel free to leave." Fuck you. To be fair, I dig the show and the brand of humor, but it really doesn't lend itself to a feature film length, and there was a definite feeling that the dudes that made this were trying to make an ultimate declaration of their contempt for their audience with this picture. Still, I guess I'd watch it again to see if I thought differently the second time. I don't like not liking stuff.]

The Host, Joon-ho Bong. [B-] may 6th 2007.

Distant, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. [A-] may 18th 2007.

Climates, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. [A] may 18th 2007.

An evening with Leighton Pierce, may 20th 2007:
He Likes to Chop Down Trees [B-]
Red Shovel [A]
Blue Hat [C]
50 Feet of String [B]
Glass [B+]

Clouds of May, Nuri Bilge Celan. [B+] may 21st 2007.

Cocoon, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. [B] may 21st 2007.

The Small Town, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. [A] may 21st 2007.

Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright. [A-] may 22nd 2007.

The Thing, John Carpenter. [A-] may 24th 2007.

The Devil's Backbone, Guillermo del Toro. [C-] may 24th 2007.

Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron. [A-] may 27th 2007.

The Lover, Valeri Todorovsky. [D-] may 29th 2007.

Paris, Texas, Wim Wenders. [A-] may 30th 2007.