May 6th, 2005

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Feeling a Little Sith?

OK, while I didn't have a violently negative reaction to the first two Star Wars prequels, and in fact, I saw both multiple times, I didn't think they were great films. They were interesting movies and had some thrilling scenes, but they seemed to betray the Star Wars story that I'd enjoyed as a kid.

I've just read several reviews of "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith". I've got hope again; this sounds very dark and I think it's going to have an amazing payoff, setting up the original trilogy. Kevin Smith was off-the-chart, Harry Knowles said it was amazing, and some random guy said it was the best of the six films. That's enough reinforcement to get me to the theater, probably on opening weekend.
pokemon

"The Seventh Seal" Revealed

Last night, I saw a screening of Bergman's 1957 film "The Seventh Seal" at the Paramount. I didn't quite know what to expect. I knew that someone played Death at chess, but beyond that, it was tabula rasa.

What I found was a really great film. Beautiful black and white imagery, all contrasty with great lighting. Historical drama set against the Crusades and the Black Plague. A critique of primitive religion. Moments of beauty and happiness. Art and philosophy and darkness and fire.

I'm hooked. Bring on "Wild Strawberries".