Amia's been consistently skipping her nap in the afternoon so she goes to bed around 7 every night. That leaves Suzanne and I with evenings free, which hasn't happened in about, oh, 2 1/2 years. It's been great. That coupled with Blockbuster Online and that translates into a lot of movies. We've seen some good ones lately, only some of which I can remember:
- Babel-I can't wait to see what this director, Innaritu, does next! I loved the whole trilogy. With each one I've found myself saying, this guy understands life. I think he's had great scripts to work with, but he's translated them so well into film it's really amazing.
- Marie Antoinette-I love Coppola's films too! They're so meditative and...ponderative. I really liked the unorthodox musical choices she made.
- The Proposition-An Australian western written by Nick Cave. In terms of brutality and graphicness (I think I'm tired and making up words), it's up there with Deadwood. The reason being is that they both explore what happens in a place and time where there's no authority, where order comes from the barrel of a gun and people are struggling to wrestle civilization from the ground with both hands. This movie has stuck with me for weeks now.
- American Hardcore-A documentary about the hardcore movement in the US. The footage was so intense. Hardcore was the US response to punk music, with short, energetic blasts of music, often political, from bands like the historic Black Flag to the subtle Millions of Dead Cops. Little disappointed with the actual interviews though. You can only take so many people saying, "It was just intense, man, it was in your face, it was &*$% you, man!" before you're desperate for some deeper understanding, which did come through (not sure if it was what the filmmakers had to work with or just what they chose to include). One guy put it all in perspective, which helped me understand why I liked it so much. He said that in the 80s there was no Left, there was no social movement besides hardcore punks. This was how young people responded to the sublimation of the suburbs and the Reagans of the world. That's pretty fascinating.
- Borat-I think that's the only time I've said to Suzanne, He just had a nice moment with that hooker.
- Left of the Dial-Documentary about the early days of Air America, the progressive talk radio station. Captured a really interesting moment in time.