Monday, September 05, 2005

Weekend Viewings

Finally finished Salo o le 120 giornate di Sodoma. I'm reserving an actual review for when I actually get to watch it WITH subtitles (it's in Italian), but let me say now that it's a movie that's not for the squeamish. There are scenes here of degradation and humiliation and breaking the human spirit that would make Hannibal Lecter cringe. It is, after all, loosely based on a piece by the Marquis de Sade (portrayed brilliantly by the great Geoffrey Rush in Quills). It's disturbing and sick, but I still recommend that you watch it, just to add to the spectrum of films that you've watched--and to appreciate the power of film as a medium.

Also got to see two high school films: Mean Girls (funny stuff; I'm waiting for what Tina Fey comes up with next) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Very enjoyable film, and makes you wish that Matthew Broderick would still be as cool as he was then.

Now for one of the oddest films that I've seen in a long time: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Man, that was one big trip into the bizarre. Perfect word for the film: campy. But like almost all campy films, it had its charm. It was amusing to see Susan Sarandon in her role, but it was Tim Curry (almost unrecognizable at first) who stole the show. He's amazing here as the transvestite Transylvanian Dr. Frank N Furter. Most of the songs are memorable and hummable, though I initially cringed at the opening song. For those we have to thank Richard O'Brien, who until my viewing of this was still best known to me as the host of that game show The Crystal Maze. I'm not one for remakes (in general), but if ever one of this film is made, I can imagine Tim Burton directing it and Johnny Depp taking the role of Frank N Furter. What do you think?

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