Author: ChloeRadishDonaldson

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (on DVD)

I really wanted to like this film. I wanted to see Terry Gilliam come back with a great flick, because I really do admire the man. I wanted Heath Ledger’s last movie to be a good one. I wanted to see a whimsical, surreal fantasy step into the mainstream. But, no matter how hard I tried, I was annoyed, teased and pestered by this thoroughly aggravating attempt at arthouse. My suggestion? If you want a magical, surreal film about life and death and imagination, go watch The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes. It’s infinitely better.

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Man on Wire (on DVD)

Every so often, a cinemaphile sees a film that just makes her eyes pop out and her heart stop. It’s a moment when time stands still. It’s love at first sight. Maybe I sound melodramatic, but to say that the documentary Man on Wire was a moving experience is simply too pedestrian for the transcendent beauty that this film brings to the screen.

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Sukiyaki Western Django on DVD

Takashi Miike is Japan’s most controversial director. He is also greatly admired by Quentin Tarantino (who costars in this film), and by Eli Roth (director of Hostel and costar of Inglorious Basterds). His most famous work in the West? The gut-wrenching horror film, Audition. These are probably reasons enough for many viewers to steer clear of Miike’s gunslinger samurai film (or is it Japanese Western?). However, to judge Miike’s film right off as an explosive display of hyper-violence would be to deeply miss an exciting and artistically significant film that is certainly worth viewing.

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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Let me start out by saying that The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes isn’t for everyone. But then, neither is gourmet dining or Chopin’s music or climbing Mt. Everest. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a film you experience, not view passively or even engage on an intellectual level. It is all about images, emotions and evoking dreams and secrets from the soul. You come to The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes as you would come to a painting in a gallery, or a concert by a symphony orchestra, without the desire to piece together a narrative or be entertained by action or comedy. You come to this film to be moved, and it does move you.

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