Monday, May 02, 2005

48th SF Intl. Film Festival - Day 11

[May. 2nd, 2005|09:59 pm]
uh oh! I'm starting to slow down, starting at 12:45 pm, I just couldn't make it to the 9:30 pm film...

"The White Diamond" (dir. Werner Herzog, Germany, 2004, 88 mins.) This gorgeous documentary follows Dr. Graham Dorrington, an engineer who is obsessed with engineering a two-man blimp to survey the canopy of the Amazon forest. Dorrington is a bit of a diva, but it is a sign of Herzog's genius to find a personality that compliments him as well as the Amazon forest! The documentary was recorded in HD video and projected as such in the Kabuki's main room and it was gorgeous!!

"Take My Eyes" (dir. Iciar Bollain, Spain, 2003, 106 mins.) This is a spousal abuse flick, but with a twist: it focuses as much on the husband's efforts to change as it does the wife's victimization. In this way, it was the relationship as a whole that was revealed as 'corrupt' and not a simple matter of "Beater vs. Beaten." The screenplay also played with the wife's efforts to become a docent at an art museum, where she is introducing works that all revolve around the theme of obsessive love, which was a nice poetic touch. The performances are pretty extraordinary, also. Oh! I almost forgot! The film was preceded by a Rrrrrrroxanne(!) sighting! She introduced the film in typical stammering fashion, unable to look away from her notes without getting lost. Speaking of fashion, she was dressed in what might best be described as 'Lands End,' which made her almost unrecognizable.

"Tempus Fugit" (dir. Enric Folch, Spain, 2004, 90 mins.) This was a charming time traveling romantic comedy! I. Loved. It! I. Must. Have. It! I'm not even going to try to explain much more, considering how twisted and complicated time travel movies can be. However, Folch handles the problem of present and future selves running into with terrific fun!

Well, that was it for the day, as I was able to pass off my last ticket for the 9:30 pm film at the Rush Line. Tomorrow is another triple feature, that could be a quadruple feature, but I just don't think so...

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