The first post in this thread will be # 14,394.
The ghost of George Sanders reminds you to link your films, and that one should feel free to move on if bored.
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And, BTW FIRST !
Just saw this last night. I'm in full agreement with you: Too great for mere ratings by fools.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010): It is the time of China's first empress. A 66-meter "towering Buddha" is erected by the palace, but when two inspecting court officials suffer spontaneous combustion, the empress hires an imprisoned detective to find out what is going on. CG whiners gonna whine, but I found this a visually exciting mystery. 4/5
I wouldn't mind seeing it turn into a film series.
The basis is certainly there. I guess only the financials decide whether sequels get made.
Yeah, it looked pretty expensive.
Tsui Hark rules!
Leap Year Bonus !
Disc 1 Criterion 2006 SD POL, FR, IT w/ENG subs
Kieslowski's doppelganger film that is so much more. Irene Jacob is beyond beautiful. The tale is rich and tasty. A light, if repetitive touch with the symbolism at times, and there is a side story that wasn't completely removed (which can be confusing). This is Kieslowski’s first feature length “real” film since the fall of the Berlin Wall, also since Decalogue – and paves the way for his final three film masterpiece Trois Couleurs: Blue, White, Red. After which, he was murdered suspiciously.
Tremendous camerawork by DP Slawomir Idziak. There are times when his hand-made yellow filters seem to get in the way – especially when it seems he was going for the golden green (see his interview on Disc 2). But his use of optics, reflections, distortions, all camera tricks – no CG – is just outstanding.
There is an English commentary track by Annette Insdorf that is a little on the dull side, but if you didn’t understand the film – it’s a point by point deconstruction from 1991. Please skip the Harvey Weinstein tacked on American ending.
There are four short films on Disc 1: The Musicians – 1958 – 11 min by Kieslowski’s teacher at the Lodz School. Three by Kieslowski: Factory – 1970 – 18m; Hospital – 1976 – 21m; and Railway Station – 1980 – 13m. All are B&W in POL w/ENG subs and docs made in the Commie Worker style which are chock full of little subversive acts twixt the “ballet of lifeless robots.”
Demeaning, I know, The Sev Report – tittehs and bush for those so inclined, but Irene is so sensuous it is unnecessary.
Disc 2 2006
Kieslowski: Dialogue 1991 52 min. Doc interviewing the director about the making of. Tedious, but informative.
TV interview. 2005 30 min. Life of Kieslowski and the history of Poland from the end of WW2 through The Double Life of Veronique with all its political overlaps.
Criterion interview with composer Zbignew Preisner and his operatic score. 2005 21 min.
Criterion interview with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak 2005 24 min.
Criterion interview with Irene Jakob (still beautiful!) 2005 17 min.
Oh yeah. 10/10
Man. Coulda used this in 'Criterion Fun' but it's all good. These Criterion posts make the hulu-plus membership look awfully tempting.