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Kill Bill Vol. I

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Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill Vol. I

Best Actor (tie)
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean

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Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

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Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. I

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David Hyde Pierce, Down With Love

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Miranda Richardson, Spider

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Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

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Harris Savides, Gerry

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Thursday, October 02, 2003
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Very, very weird, etc. You’ve all heard all that before, but what I thought was so fascinating were the underlying truths to the film (you have dig past a lot of strange things to see them). The portrayal of the frustration of having a baby that won’t let you get any sleep was actually right on the money (mine were a little bit cuter than the baby in this, though). I think Lynch was at my house taking notes. I think I actually remember saying the same thing as Mary did as she slammed out of the door (“All I need is one good night’s sleep”). Henry’s reaction to her was exactly the same as my husband’s to me, perturbation. Also, the uncomfortable scene when Henry meets Mary’s parents was classic ‘boyfriend meets girlfriends parents under strained circumstances’ and very accurate (really good take on a family’s ingrown idiosyncrasies viewed by an outsider – exaggerated Lynch style, of course). Lynch always has to throw in a bunch of stuff from his warped side (way too many effusions, for my liking – he seems to relish them here). I wouldn’t like to walk through his psyche every day, but once in a while, it’s interesting.

See the Sea
My vote here for the creepiest actress ever (Marina de Van), and she never does anything violent on-screen. This is a very disturbing film from every angle you look at it. The husband leaves his family alone for a long time and is completely unreachable (and seemingly unconcerned about returning his wife’s phone calls). The wife and mother bored crazy by the loneliness, the routine and the constant drain of child care. Then the drifter shows up. Just about every second she is on-screen, she is just plain strange. All this time Ozon has you thinking, “Can’t the mom see this girl is a nut?”. Then he shows us her little games and the notebook - and we begin to wonder just how sane is the mom, shouldn’t she be running away avec le bébé? The small things are what is so good about this film and there are so many of them. Excellent. I keep thinking about this even 4-5 days after seeing it. Where did Tatiana get that camping gear?

A Mighty Wind
The acting, singing and music were great , but the quirky comedy got a little old for me in this one. I have liked Guest’s other movies better.

The King Is Alive
Basic story: bus breaks down in the middle of Namibian desert at an old mining camp. The people on the bus learn to survive, interact positively then negatively and (in order to stop going crazy) start rehearsing King Lear. There are some problems here, but for some reason it is forgivable. It was shot using the Dogme 95 seal of approval. If the film was one of those highly produced, glossy, perfectly shot pictures, the imperfections would stand out. The small gripes I have simply vanish somehow, along with the shaky camera and the sun glares. It all becomes part of the experience. I really loved the acting and the character development. I really like the way this film was shot, the color was wonderful. This film and Mifune are my favorite Dogme 95 films to date (there are now 35 of them, I looked it up).

Raising Victor Vargas
Fabulous, loved this film. There isn’t a single misstep here. Young man trying to stay true to his family, find love and balance between his hormones and what he knows is right (and also stay cool at the same time). I don’t know how they made this one, it is just that good. The several scenes with the three siblings on the couch, not saying anything but with these looks back and forth were great. I loved all the sibling interaction. This director has a golden touch. He kept the film totally natural without giving it the stiltedness of a documentary. There is also complete believability to the events that occur. I never got the sense that something was scripted in to set up a confrontational scene.

Anger Management was OK. Head of State and The Hunted totally sucked. I thought The Ring was OK, really creepy in parts. We just saw Undercover Brother last night and I thought it was hilarious.