Fever-Fest ’12 (pt 2)

So for the second post on the Fever-fest movie festival that went down just this past weekend we’ll be looking back on the third day of this magical event. The post for the first two days can be found right HERE. With such great movies as Almost Famous behind us we move forward right into Sunday and start this sniffle-heavy day of with a movie about family, boxing and drugs.

The Fighter stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale who portrays two brothers; Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. Dicky is a former great boxer, who’s greatest accomplishment was beating down Sugar Ray Leonard in the ring in ’78. As of this movie Dicky is nothing more than a bragging crack-fiend who tries to hide his addiction from his family. Mickey is opposite his older brother a new promising boxer with great potential who’s getting held back by his families poor boxing-management.

I didn’t really care for this movie the first time I saw it. I just thought it was and OK movie. But now on a second viewing I can see that this movie is actually better than I first thought. It has some great performances from mainly Christian Bale, who also won an Oscar in the category Best Supporting Actor. Melissa Leo, who plays the brothers controlling mother gives a great performance and was also given an Oscar for her work in his movie. And Amy Adams in the role of Mickey’s new girlfriend who pushes him away from his family to try and get him to reach his full potential.

Now all this praise aside this movie has one, for me, really great flaw. The ending of this movie isn’t very good. I found it really cheesy and some aspects of it felt unmotivated to me. And it left this really bad taste in my mouth. After having seen this movie for 110 minutes and having had a great time the last 5 minutes just destroys this movie. And just to explain how bad the ending is I’ll just convey my feelings in the scene prior to the final fight. When they enter the arena and are walking towards the ring the song Here I Go Again by Whitesnake is playing. This is really not my kind of music, I really could be without this song otherwise. But in this scene, the way that they play it out it gave me goose-bumps and tears in my eyes. It filled me up with all these emotions, and then the last minutes of the last fight comes around and it just drags me down and I leave hating this movie.

Okay so with that horrible ending to an otherwise good movie we’ll try and cool ourself down with a movie set in a much cooler plays.

Fargo is a fantastic crime-film by the coen brothers who’ve brought us such great movies as Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men. In this movie we once again get to see Frances McDormand give another great performance as an professional cop who gets woken up early as there’s been a murder. We also get to see Steve Buscemi give an horrific depiction of an loud-mouthed small-time crook. The Swedish actor Peter Stormare is also in this movie as an quite and coldblooded criminal. And of course as is par for the course when it comes to the Coens we get a bunch of great and in there own ways interesting supporting characters.

This movie as many movies by the Coen Brothers treats us to a fabulous tone. It’s part silly with that unfamiliar dialect, and parts realistic with all the characters feeling like they are grounded in reality. And with some parts getting really gritty and violent this movie somehow gives off this really weird tone without it feeling like it’s feeling cheep for it.

Now we’re almost done with this, the third day of Fever-Fest ’12. The last movie that this day had to offer us is an directorial debut by one of my maybe favorite directors who has since reshaped the zombie landscape with 28 Days Later, explored humanity and space with Sunshine, and given us a colorful character-piece with 127 Hours.

Trainspotting is a story told from the perspective of a heroin addict played by Ewan McGregor. It’s a story about him and his circle of friends in Scotland during the depression in the late 1980’s. The Movie brings up themes of friendship, alienation, addiction and wanting to start-over. And about growing up in a country depraved by economical depression.

The gang is build up of a whole range of sympathetic and non-sympathetic. The movie introduces you to every character in a good way and you will never throughout the movie doubt any of the “friends” motivations. They all go through some very life-alternating things and they all have an well executed character arc. In the role-list besides Ewan McGregor we may recognize Robert Carlyle, he plays this older very hot tempered alpha-male. And Trainspotting was also the debut film for the Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald, who you may have seen in the HBO-series Boardwalk Empire and she’s voicing the main-character in Pixar’s newest film Brave.

Now this film is fantastical in the ways that it’s portrayed on film. It’s, from a visual perspective, sometimes very unrealistic and magical. It has walls extending in front of your eyes, sinking carpets and dive-able toilets. Although all this said it all makes sence(is well motivated) and for the viewer this is never something that brings you out of the film, it only lets you in. It let’s you into the characters perspective of the situation.

I just have to add that there’s this dream sequence in this movie that’s just amazing and I love it. It’s not the only amazing, love-able part in the movie though. I just had to give it it’s own sentence. Especially with all those fever-dreams that were happening all over the festival area.

Soundtrack-wise it’s a good bunch of music being used during this movies playtime. Having some really music-heavy sequences with music that really blends in well with the story.

So Trainspotting is great and if you haven’t seen it yet you definitely owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy and watch it.

For this, the second post from Fever-Fest ’12, we’ve gone back to day three of this sweaty festival and gone from the crack-alleys of Lowell to the cold open-landscapes of Minnesota to the heroin-dens of Edinburgh. I hope you’re soon fully recovered and can look back on this now past weekend with some sense of joy, there were some great movies to be seen at least. We’ll see you in the third and final post from this coughing-intense event.

Until then:
Have a Nice Day!

-Bobo

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Fever-fest ’12 (pt 1)

And now finally Fever-fest ’12 has come to an end. It hasn’t been all that much fun this year either but at least we had an excuse to lay in bed, watch movies and not getting dressed for four days. As you may not recall, due to memory loss or the occasional nap. We jumped the gun starting the festival off with John Carpenter’s Halloween whilst some of you were still able to stand up straight without having to grip your head, hold it together so that it wouldn’t explode.

John Carpenter has directed such films as Escape from New York, The Thing and They Live. While I can appreciate some aspects of Halloween, mainly the inexpensive raw camera-work and the fantastic music bought on the courtesy of Mr. Carpenter himself. Although this is not what I would call a very good movie. I would say rather like to say that it’s quite bad. There’s one awful character who brings this movie down from being kinda-of-a-good-movie-for-what-it-is to being an-old-shitty-horror-flick. So going back to that one positive thing, which can sound sorta negative, I for one really like it when you can feel the handwork that has gone in the the movie. I like it when it’s imperfect and raw. I like to study the strings that are being pulled off-camera. Now that’s just me and most people most currently doesn’t like to see these and I accept that.

Are you having some flashbacks? Maybe some things are falling into place, somethings that you just passed of as some weird fever-dream really were in fact real, or rater weren’t real, just being played out in front of your eyes on screen. Well anyhow that was Friday and next up is of course Saturday.

The day started of with one of my favorite films, Almost Famous. Need I say more? It has great music, great actors, great script, great editing, great everything. If you dosed off and didn’t get a chance to see this movie then

GET THE FUCK UP AND GO FUCKING SEE IT

¡NOW!

and for those of you who laughed and cried along with me and others in the audience you don’t really need to continue reading as you already know how wonderfully this story was portrayed on screen.

(that said)Almost Famous is a story about a boy who leaves home to follow his dream and join up with an up-and-coming band in 1973 and write an article about them for the Rolling Stone Magazine. It’s also about a mother who let her son go out in to the big world and her feelings of having to protect him and longing for him to come back home, safe and whole. It also brings up the feeling like you’re better at what you do than the rest of the members in your band. And finally there’s also a love triangle in the mix as well. All this make up for a really great movie. Did I mention it being one of my favorite movies ever? It has some really great performances by Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Philip Seymour Hoffman and the lead-role being played by Patrick Fugit (OT: who can also be seen in THIS “hey ash watcha playin’”-episode from E3 2011), and Zooey Deschanel indulges us with her fabulous eyes (note: I have a thing for eyes). If you’re a rock music fan of this era, or just a music fan in general you will enjoy the soundtrack and the on-tour antics that this movie has to offer. It also brings back some nostalgia for me, just seeing his notebook having all these band names written on it, I used to do that as well, iiiih!!(OBS: the sound of nostalgia).

After that amazing movie we went from one music lover to another. The next movie starts us of with a great song from one of the first psychedelic-rock bands and their big hit You’re Gonna Miss by The 13th Floor Elevators.

High Fidelity is based on a book by Nick Hornby. It’s about a guy, played by John Cusack ,who goes out on a quest to try and find out why all his romantic relationships has failed. And the movie starts of with him being dumped by his girlfriend, played by the danish actress Iben Hjejle. This movie also stars an awesome soundtrack, and nerd-talk about music that mostly goes way over my head. John Cusack’s character works in a record store together with two companion music-snobs played by Jack Black, who is fantastic in this movie as the all-out loud-mouthed rascal and Todd Louiso, who somehow can play his more quite and invert character next to Jack Black without feeling like he’s giving a lesser-performance.
This movie was really important for me once. I was a teenager and this movie brought up themes that at the times was very necessary. And it also showed me some music that I hadn’t heard before. But I don’t feel the way about this movie as I felt about it back then. It’s still a good movie but for me the magic is gone somehow.

Now that’s all from the first two days of Fever-fest ‘12. And as Almost Famous has already been discussed I can’t see this movie-weeknd(plus monday) having had anything better to offer, although there are six more films still needs to be remembered.

Until the next post:
Have a Nice Day!

-Bobo

PS: I hope you realized that this post wasn’t all horribly translated by Google Translate as my former post (Indie Game: The Movie: A Recommendation) was, and that you found it better for it.