I forgot to mention that one of the highlights of the trip to France/Burkina Faso was flying on an Airbus 380, the double-decker giant plane. On the way back I realized a childhood dream: to go up stairs in an airplane 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The plane has a lovely large circular staircase in the back. While everyone was sleeping I went up and down it twice, a big smile on my face.
Anyway, some other movies….
American Bluff (aka American Hustle)… not sure what the fuss was about… Could have been a tv movie… Ocean’s 11, the Italian Job? Pretty similar stuff from what I could tell.
Her… I liked that it ended with the Singularity
Le Samourai … Watched the first half. To be honest, it was OK but I just got bored. I didn’t really care what happened to Alain Delon in the end.
A bout de souffle … Watched the first half. To be honest, it was OK but I just got bored. I didn’t really care what happened to Jean-Paul Belmondo in the end. Have to give Godard credit the single take scene with Belmondo and Seberg on the Champs Elysees is pretty amazing.
Barry Lyndon… if you think of the film as mostly a buildup to the scenes set to Shubert’s Piano Trio No. 2, and the hour after that as just denouement, then the film is near perfect. Kubrick’s staging of the long set of four related scenes (in the park, at the gaming table, then on the terrace, then back in the gardens) conveys the entire courtship and stops as Barry confronts Lyndon in another amazing scene… well, I watched it three times…