Sunday, January 17, 2010

Torrent Picks 1/12/10

Well its been awhile sense i've had time to do this, with holidays and winter and various other bits of drudgery getting in the way, I just never could find the time, but here we are, a brand new year, and a its time to get back to business as usual, and making my sunday movie picks again, because after all, i do love to do it ever so much, and hope that all of you enjoy it just as much... so with that said, lets get down to it... shall we?

The Lovely Bones: This film is just breathtakingly good, the story is uplifting and dark at the same time, the story of a murdered young girl who doesn't want to go to heaven until her murderer is cause, its also the story of a family and its love and devotion, and its the story of the evil that men do unto one another, and how in the end, justice finally comes to bare. This film is uplifting and beautiful but its also as dark as the very night itself, and I love how a film can be so contrasting, one moment beautiful and vibrant and breathtaking with its beauty and happiness, and the next down right terrifying with its darkness. Its just so amazing, and so emotion invoking, when a film can bring about such a gambit of emotions with in you, that is truly a excellent film that does exactly what its supposed to do. If you need more convincing, you can read my review of the film right here on site.

The Day Of The Triffids: Based on the book by John Wyndham, The Day Of The Triffids is a classic science fiction thriller. Following a spectacular meteor shower, Bill Masen (Howard Keel) is one of the few people left on Earth who can see.The shower had blinded all those who stared in wonder at the sky, yet Masen missed the event as he was undergoing eye surgery. The chaos that ensues allows the Triffids - poisonous walking plants that landed in a previous shower to attempt to take over the planet. Aided by Christine Durrant (Nicole Maurey), Masen fights to save the planet with a string of other people, including a child and an alcoholic. This is one of those super awesome old British sci fi films that just refuses to stay in the past, there was a book, then this movie, then there was the radio drama, and then there was the 80s tv series, and now the 2009 series, this is just one of those great bits of sci fi that just transcends ages and times. So love it.

The Guitar: "The Guitar" is a story of one woman's spiritual, emotional and creative transformation. One morning, "mouse-burger" Melody "Mel" Wilder is diagnosed with a terminal illness, fired from her thankless job and abandoned by her boyfriend. With nothing left to lose, given two months to live, she spends her entire life's savings renting an empty palatial loft in the Village. Thinking she'll never have to pay the piper, she lives off her credit cards, fills the loft with the fanciest products, sensually engages both the parcel-delivery man and a pizza delivery girl and teaches herself to play the electric guitar she's craved since childhood. These life affirming experiences transform her irrevocably. This is one of those great films that you almost look past the first time, and then you feel like an idiot when you finally see it and love it.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johannson) are friends who travel to Spain from the U. S. They get invited to live in a beautiful home in Barcelona with Vicky’s pal Judy Nash (Patricia Clarkson). Vicky is busy doing thesis research, while Cristina just wants some sexual activity. Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a painter, comes along and woos both girls. Vicky does not care for him at first, although Cristina does. They end up in a messy threesome, complicated by the arrival of Juan’s former wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), who complicates the relationships and emotions even more. Unpredictable problems occur among the four people. This is a great watch on an afternoon when you have the need to watch a nice relaxing movie thats not super deep or super stupid, its a great film for a time like that, and its rather enjoyable, which really makes it great to.

Pan's Labyrinth: This adult fairy tale from the mind of Guillermo del Toro blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Set in 1944, during the Spanish civil war, a young girl named Ofelia travels to the countryside with her pregnant mother. She is to live with her stern stepfather, an officer in Franco's army, charged with rooting out a local rebel militia. What she discovers is a world of mystery centered on the ruins of an ancient labyrinth. In order to claim her destiny as princess of the fairy realm, she must complete three challenges set forth by the fearful faun who lives in those ruins. This film exemplifies the stark contrast between the horrors of war and the fantasies of a young girl. Despite the fairy-tale trappings, this is not a movie meant for children.

Well thats it for now, i'll be back next week with some more picks of movies maybe you haven't seen or forgot to see, or always wanted to, or never heard of... so till then... blessid be



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