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May 9, 2012


In the Blogosphere – May, 2012


A monthly round-up of some recent blog posts I enjoyed reading.

Little Worlds gives the nod to Ralph Fiennes’ imaginative direction of Coriolanus

An appreciative analysis of The Raid: Redemption at Kung Fu Cinema

On No Country for Old Men at Noir of the Week: “Though generally admired by critics, No Country would alienate viewers with its graphic violence, anger more than a few people with its abrupt ending, and forever baffle movie store employees trying to shelve it under a genre header.” (more)

Commentary Track’s own Geoff Geib locates one of the greatest lines in B-movie history in one of history’s stupidest movies, Mindhunters

Movie Classics puts The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) into context

Some love for the under-appreciated The Rookie in a series on baseball movies at The Cooler

J. Hoberman takes a personal view of Haywire

On Four Sons at Only the Cinema: “Indeed, though this film takes place primarily in Germany and draws on the influence of Murnau, its affectionate, sentimental depiction of family life amid a tightly knit community is purely Fordian, a precursor to his Irish films like How Green Was My Valley.” (more)

A Person in the Dark on the challenges of “Loving Film With an Open Heart”

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  1. May 9 2012

    I remember Mindhunters! It was highly recommended to me when it just came out to video and so I rented. I worked for Blockbuster at that time so, luckily it was free. I managed to predict the bad guy within 20 minutes, as usual. Aside from that the movie was terrible. :O)

  2. May 9 2012

    I’m happy to say I’ve only seen the last eight minutes (from the clip in Geoff’s post). The “greatest line” gave me a good laugh but even as B-movie excellent as it is, I wouldn’t have wanted to sit through the entire movie to get there.

  3. May 10 2012

    I don’t even consider it a B-movie. It’s a terrible film, plain and simple. Do not watch it. It’s not even campy. It’s terrible.


  4. May 11 2012

    Thanks very much for the mention of my ‘Edwin Drood’ post. I didn’t manage to catch ‘Coriolanus’ during its very brief showing at a cinema in my area, but will hope to see it on DVD soon!

  5. Ken
    May 11 2012

    I never heard of Mindhunters, and it sounds like that is best.

  6. May 11 2012

    @Ken, Coriolanus comes to video end of this month. Rent it or buy it and watch it with subtitles. I find that I understand more when I listen to and read Shakespearean dialogue at the same time.

  7. Miriam
    May 13 2012

    Lots of good reading in this month’s round-up. I agree that The Rookie is sadly unappreciated and enjoyed the analysis of what kind of realism is important in a ‘based on a true story’ movie. Baseball turned up in the Haywire post, too, in the context of Moneyball’s failings. It’s a shame Haywire didn’t find an audience because it’s an interesting story and the action is terrific, realistic and filmed in a refreshingly straightforward style.

    It’s always fun to read Geoff’s posts but there’s not a chance I will watch the movie. I even took his suggested short cut and went straight to the ‘worst line’ cue in the clip.

  8. May 13 2012

    @Miriam, I’d have to disagree entirely about Haywire. It’s a Soberbergh film so there’s nothing straightforward about it. The action was going for realism but ends up looking flamboyant and the characters never bruise (I watched it on Blu-ray). I hated the martial arts sequences in it because I hate Jiu-Jitsu and MMA (Jiu-Jitsu being a huge part of MMA); Jiu-Jitsu is very boring ground based combat.
    I also find the story to be potentially interesting but only if it was going to make any sense. I rearranged the happenings in my mind, in a straightforward story structure and found that the film makes absolutely no sense in one specific area which makes the entire film pointless.

    As for Mindhunters, it is worse than stated above. It’s simply a terrible film and its cheesiness doesn’t save it any face.

    To liven the mood, I watched the latest Mel Gibson film (co-written, produced, and starring) “Get the Gringo” a couple of days ago and it’s absolutely amazing. It contains the spirit of Payback (te theatrical cut, anyway) and he even plays a character similar to Porter, but more human. It’s On Demand right now and I highly recommend it. But do I issue a warning re its graphic violence.

  9. May 13 2012

    I agree with Miriam (and Mr. Hoberman), when it comes to the action scenes Soderbergh’s approach of choice is to point the camera and shoot for a while, which makes a nice change from the hyper-kinetic editing style currently (still) in vogue in mainstream Hollywood action films.

    @Miriam: I’m glad you enjoyed the “Rookie” review too. If you haven’t already, check out some of the other baseball movie posts in the series.

  10. May 13 2012

    I do also agree that Soderbergh shot the action scenes well but the scenes themselves were awful, I find. :O)