Film Three, Week Three: What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is like a Kiwi, vampiric Young Ones.  It’s really silly and fun and I laughed like a drain in a way I’ve not really done since, well, Flight of the Conchords.  I want to watch it all over again, because I am sure I missed bits because of the noises of approval the audience were making.

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Film Two, Week Two: Birdman

I think I fell in great like with Birdman from the opening credits, with its lovely take on Godardian* typography. I did spend a lot of the time watching this film feeling as if it was written especially for Michael Keaton, but both the writers and Keaton deny this – after reading that article I felt a little bit down on thinking that was the case.  I greatly liked the continuous takes, the clever way it was edited, the script (this article from a series on screen writing details on of the pivotal scenes and is fascinating).  I loved the acting – being an actor playing an actor acting in a play must have been a tough day at the office.  So yes, A-, would watch again.

* I suspect I may be re/watching some Godard films this year.

Film One, Week One: Exodus

New Year’s Day found me tired, full of cold, and in need of a probably-terrible “blockbuster” film, preferably in an actual cinema, with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.  So Exodus: Gods and Kings at my brand-new local cinema it was.

Back in the day my friends refused to sit next to me during a packed screening of Gladiator.  I was in the midst of an Ancient History degree and prone to making pretentious pronouncements on historical accuracy on the big screen or in novels. I was insufferable. So I sat by myself down towards the back getting cross about whether the fibulae holding people’s clothes together were from the right time period.  I’ve not really mellowed over time* but I felt that Scott had managed to do a good job of depicting the everyday lives of the lower classes, even if it wasn’t historically accurate in many other ways.  But I suspect that the majority of other cinema goers in this screening were more interested in whether it was Biblical enough – there were some furious debates in the foyer afterwards where the consensus was that it seemed OK from the POV of the Scriptures but that some of the characters were a little bit OTT and had too much make up on.  I agree with them there – I only just realised that Ben Mendelsohn was in it.

* I spent ages getting cross about the casting decisions even before the film was made – excellent Slate article on the ethnicity of the Ancient Egyptians here.