An author trying to find his story. I saw this movie in an art house… MoreAn author trying to find his story. I saw this movie in an art house when I was a kid and didn't get it. I didn't understand the imagery. I certainly didn't understand his problem. Now I do.
i didn't mind the over-the-top product placement. In fact I admire… Morei didn't mind the over-the-top product placement. In fact I admire it. The pace was quick. The characters well drawn. I especially like the blow-up-Lego scenes. Wonderful effects with Legos as water and steam. The only real issue I had was that I thought the story had conflicting messages--well at least in my own personal ideological world and I would give away too much of the plot to discuss it. But that's a nit pick. It's enjoyable and somehow inspiring. Just for the record: a couple of kids were bawling their heads off, so I'm not sure it captured the under 4 yo set. Just like Legos.
The ecstatic dance Lola does in the beginning of this movie is so… MoreThe ecstatic dance Lola does in the beginning of this movie is so uplifting the movie could've ended there as far I'm concerned. But the rest of the story is worth sticking around for too.
Saw this for perhaps the fourth time, this time part of a DVD binge… MoreSaw this for perhaps the fourth time, this time part of a DVD binge during a snowed in winter. Amazing how little has changed since 1925 when the "Monkey Trial" was held. I think this is the kind of thought provoking movie that is interesting to revisit at various times of your life. When I originally saw (as a kid) I had a real pro-science bias and just saw the white and black--creationists black, evolutionists white--of the argument. This time I saw much more nuance and the question that intrigued me most was: what do you stand for? If you go through life taking the safe middle--"I am not political"--or the sophomoric stance of everything is worthy of sneering contempt--at the end of the day, what are you? You have to take a definite position in life or you are just taking up space.
I saw this on DVD for the first time in 2014 as part of a DVD binge… MoreI saw this on DVD for the first time in 2014 as part of a DVD binge weekend during 4 days of snow. I liked it because it has a real story--although in retrospect the poor rich girl who was going to kill herself because her fiance was too rich or too controlling was a little over the top, but this is from the perspective of a woman (me) who has lived all that drama decades ago. The sets were outstanding. Really captured the sense of what it was like to be trapped on a sinking ship --talk about being trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea. The class warfare was interesting. Still fighting that. Nit pick: why did Rose keep the multi-million dollar necklace? It was given to her by someone she hated and it was more like a handcuff. And then why did she dump it into the ocean--I got that it was supposed to close a chapter on her life, but it was the wrong symbol. And she has this granddaughter--did she ever think maybe the granddaughter could use a little help paying off her student loans? As I say, those are nit picks, It was a good movie.
It was hard to feel anything about any of the characters in this… MoreIt was hard to feel anything about any of the characters in this story. They were all encased in, well, in ice and maybe that's the point. But I wanted to FEEL a little of that quiet desperation. Then again, maybe the point was NOT to feel. Anyway, I'm glad we're not living in 1973 anyway. Key parties? Really? Looks like a total drag.This is what happens when people who have too much of a.) disposable income and b) time on their hands. Part of DVD binge my husband and I did in the famous unrelenting winter of 2014.
I loved this movie despite the fact that I knew where it was going… MoreI loved this movie despite the fact that I knew where it was going almost immediately. But, hey, a home full of retired musicians who still manage to make not-so-warbly music? I understand there is such a home in Milan, Verdi House, which Verdi actually built to shelter singers older than 65 who are in dire straits. Anyway, it's a beautiful if disturbing look at getting old--beautiful because of the setting and soundtrack, disturbing because it's a lot more than a loss of physical gifts that makes aging such a b*h.
I'm really glad I saw this movie if just for the fact that I am… MoreI'm really glad I saw this movie if just for the fact that I am ignorant of the Civil Rights movement and what it meant to real live people and in fact, I think that's when this movie came alive: when the Freedom Riders and the Black Panthers took the stage. That these kids might be at odds with their conservative-let's-not-rock-the-boat parents was a revelation. Weird casting choice for presidents (John Cusack as Nixon? Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower?) managed to nonetheless work. I didn't remember that Reagan was such a butt-head about race. Forest Whitaker, the Big O, are great.
After I recovered from initial "Hey, this is just Fellini in color" I… MoreAfter I recovered from initial "Hey, this is just Fellini in color" I realized that Fellini is Fellini because he's Italian, as is Sorrentino and there is just no escaping the beauty that is Rome. That said, this is a profound look at what early success means in the arts, especially the literary arts: can you ever top it? Can you ever see the world fresh, or is it always through the glasses of the previous work that made you? Or, as the character himself says, "I was waiting for the great beauty" and in the meantime I decided to have a party, I guess. I especially liked the mysterious man upstairs who (spoiler alert) turns out to be a high class crook,but who cried out as he is being taken away, "I work hard so bums like you can just party" or something like that. It's an interesting take on how the money manipulation crowd sees artists. Only nit-pick: I could have used a smaller dose of the nun/saint. I want to see it again.