Archive for June 17, 2010

Morning Is Broken

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on June 17, 2010 by dcairns

New Forgotten! Over at the Daily Notebook. This one’s very much forgotten, and very much deserves to be remembered. Sublime.

Blocking and Punching

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by dcairns

Great fight scene in THE DARJEELING LIMITED! (starts at around 4:06)

Enjoyed this Wes Anderson, which I belatedly got around to after adoring FANTASTIC MR FOX, although I did have more trouble than usual with the fact that his characters are all rich layabouts with designer suitcases. Why should that bother me? It might be because the characters are out of their natural environment, which might be presumed to be the kind of urban world of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. India here is a colorful backdrop to the privileged cavortings centre-stage, and it seemed there might be more of dramatic import going on behind, say, Adrien Brody. But the film seems aware of this ridiculousness, and of the touristic nature of the characters’ approach to India, and of it’s own fairly shallow skimming of the subcontinental surface. And it’s laying a trap, because things do get deeper and darker.

Meanwhile, the fight, where the comedy comes not from slapstick blows exchanged, but from camera blocking — it’s all “jump up from below frame” and “step left out of frame” until it’s basically a choreographed puppet show using real protoplasm instead of foam rubber (not counting all the packing attached to Owen Wilson’s head).