Sunlit Water

November 26, 2006

No Apricots, Though

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 9:01 pm

I watched some movies during my vacation.  More on each later.

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  1. I saw The Fountain. I felt a weird sort of conquistador tie-in effect, seeing it in an old Spanish city. The fountain in question being Of Youth, and sought by a Spanish dude.

    Comment by ac — November 26, 2006 @ 10:15 pm |Reply

  2. I love The Third Man. Have you seen The Thirty-Nine Steps?

    (But Pieces of April? Not the plot I would have put at the top of my holiday list.)

    Comment by Witt — November 26, 2006 @ 10:26 pm |Reply

  3. Haven’t seen The Thirty-Nine Steps. I liked The Third Man a lot, though.

    As for Pieces of April, well, there aren’t a whole lot of Thanksgiving movies. And my mom apparently really likes it. I thought it was okay.

    Comment by teofilo — November 26, 2006 @ 11:05 pm |Reply

  4. I was on my way to seeing The Fountain, when plans were highjacked, and I ended up renting Brick instead. Brick was very good. I had expected The Fountain to be a magnificent failure, but was not able to convey the potential joy of witnessing a magnificent failure to my fellow theatre-goers.

    Comment by text — November 26, 2006 @ 11:25 pm |Reply

  5. My sister liked Brick a lot. I, of course, haven’t seen it.

    Comment by teofilo — November 26, 2006 @ 11:26 pm |Reply

  6. Yes yes! Magnificent failure! That was it exactly! And there was a certain joy to be had, in great ambition not quite realized. Thanks for drawing out my own secret inchoate impressions.

    Comment by ac — November 26, 2006 @ 11:37 pm |Reply

  7. very welcome. I am trying to think of other magnificent failures. Tender Is The Night, I think. Terry Gilliam’s Baron Munchausen movie. It isn’t the same as just thinking of things that are very bad.

    Comment by text — November 27, 2006 @ 12:07 am |Reply

  8. I liked The Fountain. Then again, ‘failure’ isn’t the worst thing that can happen in cinema. Heaven’s Gate, for example, has some glorious scenes.

    Comment by CharleyCarp — November 27, 2006 @ 8:49 am |Reply

  9. 7: Terry Gilliam’s most recent movie was said to be a magnificent failure. I did not manage to see it though.

    Love The Third Man. Haven’t seen any other of your vacation list. Did you buy any music while on vacation?

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — November 27, 2006 @ 9:34 am |Reply

  10. Terry Gilliam’s most recent movie

    By which I mean, Tideland.

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — November 27, 2006 @ 9:36 am |Reply

  11. “‘failure’ isn’t the worst thing that can happen in cinema.”

    This is quite right. Most movies merely succeed at being very bad.

    Comment by text — November 27, 2006 @ 9:48 am |Reply

  12. Tideland

    Lordy. I hadn’t even heard of this. I expect it was released after I came to Lubbock, and hasn’t played here.

    Comment by Matt Weiner — November 27, 2006 @ 10:21 am |Reply

  13. I have, however, seen Le Cirque de Calder. It is most cool. And everyone can enjoy. The Third Man, also awesome.

    Comment by Matt Weiner — November 27, 2006 @ 10:24 am |Reply

  14. Here is The Onion AV Club describing Tideland as a magnificent failure. That review made me want to watch the movie.

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — November 27, 2006 @ 12:39 pm |Reply

  15. Did you buy any music while on vacation?

    What do you think?

    Comment by teofilo — November 27, 2006 @ 3:18 pm |Reply

  16. Um… no?

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — November 28, 2006 @ 8:29 am |Reply

  17. Right you are.

    Comment by teofilo — November 28, 2006 @ 9:29 am |Reply

  18. I guess we’ll have to settle for baby steps…

    Comment by The Modesto Kid — November 28, 2006 @ 9:47 am |Reply


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