Movie-Still Monday

In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 

Cantinflas with Bing Crosby in the 1957 film, Pepe.


Media For Brunch: The Master

Media For Brunch is an extended edition of our Monday – Friday Media For Lunch segment so sit back, sip your mimosa and enjoy. 

Media For Brunch: The Master out in limited release, set to open wide September 21, 2012.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk LoveThe Master is a long-gestating project about a church with more than a passing resemblance to the Church of Scientology.
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

I was overwhelmed watching  The Master last night and walked out completely confused as to whose tour de force I had seen. Was it Joaquin Phoenix’s as he disappears before your eyes and embodies the character of Fred Quell like I have seen few actors do with a role? You truly forget it is him, so deep has he plunged into his character’s soul. Maybe it was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance as the charismatic leader that I just could not get enough time with? Maybe it was Paul Thomas Anderson who connected me through his lens to these two actors, characters so strong and believable you just cant let go of?
The Master is not to be missed. – MD

New York Times review by A.O. Scott There Will Be Megalomania 

Media For Lunch – Your entertainment fix in 15 minutes or less: Wes Anderson // From Above

Wes Anderson // FROM ABOVE

When you watch a director’s work long enough, you pick up on his/her signature tricks — the themes and camera work that appear again and again. Last month, a YouTuber who goes by the name “Kogonada” created Wes Anderson // FROM ABOVE, a montage capturing Anderson’s penchant for the aerial shot, a move that contributes to the lightness, playfulness and quirkiness of his films. ~MD

Big Screen Poems

––Andrei Tarkovsky

L e v i t a t i o n
(“30 Seconds of Weightlessness”)
Far from Earth,
                                                a space station hovers
                                                      above a highly
                                              intelligent sea. A moment
                  of weightlessness arrives.
                                       from the man’s memory paradigms:
                                                  a candelabrum glides
                                  into a chandelier, metal and crystal clink
                                                 and tingle, wicks burn
                            An open copy of Don Quixote drifts past center:
                    “Sleep makes the shepherd
                             equal to the king.
                       The one fault . . . it looks
                                   like death.”
                                            Side by side the lovers rise,
                                       holding hands while twisting past
                     The Hunters in the Snow:
a 16th century winter, three huntsman followed
by their weary dogs; one man carries a meager fox.
                        For thirty weightless seconds the couple transcends
                             the confines of orbital life.     Gravity restored,
                                     their unity brief, the woman returns
                                          as an unanswered question
                                                    from his past
                                                    a child alone
                                     in the snow, burns twigs in a fire
                                 the alien ocean observes and studies.
––John David West