• Scrooged, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video, Pina (617/358)

    by  • 12/24/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    SCROOGED – The sudden change of heart that Frank (Bill Murray) undergoes seems much too quick; even Ebenezer Scrooge took a slower trip to redemption. I’m pretty sure that my favorite character is the Ghost of Christmas Present; maybe all the head trauma Frank receives from her hands explains the sudden shift.

    The Ghost of Christmas Present: Oh, what is this, Frank? Oh, oh look, Frank! It’s a toaster!

    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – Every time I see this film, I’m somehow surprised that Clarence the angel doesn’t appear bodily until well into the second half of the film.

    George Bailey: Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?

    MR. MIKE’S MONDO VIDEO – This weird compilation of amateur footage and purpose-built skits was a real find in the 80s, but with Youtube, MONDO VIDEO is a bit less impressive now. You do get to learn something interesting about Dan Aykroyd’s anatomy, though…


    PINA – This is hard to define. It’s part dance performance, and part documentary. This is a film about the late dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. The performances vary from ecstatic to despondent, from pathetic to life affirming. The performances are phenomenal, and occasionally seem to defy human biology and basic physics. The trailer is worth a look – watch it twice.

    “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost”

    TIFF was playing this in 3D; I was hoping they might be playing it in 2D, but there you go. The 3D was interesting for a bit, but as it seems to do, it loses its edge 10 minutes in, and then I just want to take off the ill-fitting glasses and get on with enjoying the film.


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