Film study… week 39

Micmacs

Finding his life turned upside down after being shot in the head, Bazil (Dany Boon) decides to get revenge on the arms companies he believes are responsible. With the help of a collection of odd-bods who live in a rubbish dump, he constructs an intricate and imaginative plan, giving his life meaning in the process. This was very obviously directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and while it is no Amelie,  it is charmingly silly and definitely worth a watch.

The nurses soon learned it was better to keep Old Man Withers away from the cutlery drawer

The Good, The Bad and The Weird

Probably the only thing I need to tell you about this film is that it’s a Korean Western set in the 40’s… yes really. Yoon Tae-goo/The Weird (Kang-ho Song), Park Chang-yi/The Bad (Byung-hun Lee) and Park Do-Won/The Good (Woo-sung Jung) are three men after the same treasure map while on the run from Chinese bandits and the Japanese army. Korean cinema is a bit like marmite… you either love it or you hate it. This film makes little sense and is probably about half an hour too long but it still kind of rocks.

One step closer, parktown prawn and I'll blow your mothertrucking head off!

Easy Rider

Oscar-winning cult classic about two biker hippies (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) on a cross-country journey to New Orleans. Along the way they live the dream and experience the horror of the best and the worst of the “free love” era. Jack Nicholson appears halfway through as a high functioning alcoholic looking for an escape from his boring life and steals the whole film. The weird thing about Easy Rider is that every other late 60’s, early 70’s counterculture film references it but seeing it after all of those films makes it feel clichéd and derivative and the ending lets it down a bit.

The Hells Angels Easter Bonnet party was in full swing and competition was fierce

 

Wild At Heart

Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern play young lovers, Lula and Sailor, who are on the run from an array of weird assassins that Lula’s mother (Laura Dern’s real-life mother, Diane Ladd) has hired to kill Sailor. The love story between Sailor and Lula is really quite sweet and has the same kind of addictive quality as the connection between Mickey and Mallory in Natural Born Killers but as with all David Lynch films, it quickly becomes a series of random images stitched together around a sliver of a plot. Approach this only if you are a fan.

To all those people who say I’m only good when I’m playing crazy, bring your llama over here and fight me like a clam!

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