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Rashomon.

I was surprised to find out that this was made in 1950, as it was way ahead of its time. Basically a POV whodunnit with a moral on the end, Rashomon is an excellent film that comments on the nature of humanity in several ways. If you haven't seen it, you need to. It's pretty short, finishing in less than an hour and a half, but it won't seem that long. (Yet, others claimed it seemed far longer. If you've seen the movie, you'll know just how appropriate this comment is!)

There was discussion as to why this was considered Noir, but I think I can come up with some comments as to why it fits into the genre. I'll put them behind the cut to avoid having exposed spoilers. However, I don't want to say that the difference of opinion is invalid, as I feel that would be unfair.

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So there we go. Please see it. Lots of fun.
kung_fu_monkey: (Flames)
Me. Pissed.
Story. Behind cut.
It's okay. You can skip it.

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kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
In class today, we finished viewing David Mamet's House of Games. It's... kind of tough to sit through. I'm not a fan of Mamet's writing style, so I'm a bit put off by the structure of the dialogue. This and the 80's style aside, it was an interesting movie, but rather predictable. Seriously, honey, they're con men. What did you expect? That's a lot of money to lose just to find out that you're the most reprehensible character in the whole movie.

If my memory serves me correctly, I was working at VR-1 at the time (just before we were assimilated by Jaleco) when [livejournal.com profile] dr_deleto or MK were discussing Mamet's style of writing. They had said that Mamet used a plethora of expletives in his works, and I could see how that was true, even in a cleaned up theatrical release.

Has anyone else seen this? What did (do) you think about it?
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Okay, I've yet another change of plans to present to all the noir folk. As the final paper in my noir class is an argumentative paper, the teacher felt that having the class split up into groups to debate topics that they choose. My group has chosen to argue an aspect from the movie Out of the Past. (Yes, another Robert Mitchum film. Sorry.) However, as the topic we're arguing is rather spoiler-ish, I'm going to put the topic behind this cut.

SPOILER!! )

So my plan is thus: noir night will be showing Out of the Past, pushing Rashoman and Brick back a few weeks. Sorry! For those attending this Sunday, our goal is to develop a case around this argument. There may even be a student or two from my noir class attending. And, yes, I'll be cooking dinner. So, PLEASE! Show up and support your local Kung Fu Monkey in defending his case!
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Just a reminder to all Noir-ish folk that there will be no Noir Night this Sunday as many will be visiting relatives due to some pesky holiday.

However, as the term is now within the final four weeks of completion, I find that the final papers are getting to be very competitive for my time. As such, I am forced to announce that our next Noir Night (tentatively for the 15th) will be our last Noir Night meeting until the end of the term (unless someone wants to take the helm). After that, we could then switch to Movie Night, as we discussed recently. Please let me know your thoughts.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Sunday night we viewed Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.

Just plain creepy. )

Noir Night

Mar. 29th, 2007 05:17 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Yes, we're still on for NN this Sunday, and I'm almost absolutely sure I'm showing Sunset Boulevard, probably.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Just a reminder to everyone that there will be no Noir Night this Sunday, as it will be the start of Spring Break, and I've got a vacation awaiting me.

Noir Night will resume the following Sunday. I don't know what I'm showing yet, but I'm currently leaning toward Night and the Hunter. If you have anything you'd like to recommend, I'm all ears. (Would that be a good day to show Brick?)
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Sunday's Noir Night consisted of back to back viewings of the 1962 version of Cape Fear, featuring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, and the 1991 remake of the same name starring Nick Nolte and Robert DeNiro. We started with the earlier version, took an hour for lunch, then proceeded to view the remake.

They never live up to the original. )
IMO, the original worked better as it didn't have ADD at the end and its characters were mostly believable. The scene where Mitchum has Peck's daughter cornered is disturbing, as Mitchum genuinely commands the animalistic nature when preying on the girl, standing out as a haunting scene that (again, IMO) exceeds anything attempted in the remake.

Note: If you want more detail, please refer to [livejournal.com profile] zalena's post about the films. I think she's got some excellent points to offer.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Okay, I've secured both films, and we're looking at just under four hours of drama. Give us a half hour to hour break between films for food and discussion, and we're looking at 5 hours to finish. If you can stomach all of that, I'm thinking of starting at 4 instead of 5, and that should put us at 9pm as the finish. Let me know if you have any issues with that.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Oh, right. I've completely forgotten to tell folks about this Sunday's Noir Night.

As it stands, I've planning on showing Cape Fear (the original) and Cape Fear (the modern remake). This means that we'll need to start earlier if we plan on getting through both in a reasonable amount of time. I'm thinking that the most efficient thing to do for food would be go and grab some take out during the break between movies. If this is acceptable, we'll want to start about 4 (perhaps earlier).

Let me know your thoughts on the matter.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Okay, I'm impressed. Gilda, filmed in 1946 starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and George Macready, is a total knockout. Please see this movie.

Hold on to your hat, Johnny... )
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Noir Night will proceed as normal. Tomorrow at 5 PM, dinner will be served, consisting of stir-fried chicken and almonds, with sides of fried rice and cheese coated, oven baked veggies. After that, we'll view Gilda as it has just arrived in the mail.

Greg has also asked that we decide what we're going to do after the term is over. Since midterms have just passed us, the end of Noir Nights is in sight, so we need to decide if we're going to end it, or perhaps continue with a new theme. Please think about this, and we'll discuss it before or after the film.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Last week I had missed a Noir class where the instructor had shown Detour, so last night I watched it so I could turn in a brief thought paper on it.

Ugh! )

Today in class, we finished Night and the City. Here's my take on it.

Existentialist Doom! )

Anyway, I'm off to do some analysis papers on these. Whee.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
I'm letting everyone know that there's a chance that this Sunday's Noir Night may not happen as planned. Unfortunately, I won't know this for sure until Saturday at the latest. So if things go as planned, this Sunday at 5PM, the film Gilda will be showing at our abode. If not, then I have no idea what we're doing, and I may rush out to grab a video from Video Station or Lackluster or somewhere.

Anyone have any desires for Sunday's dinner?
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
A number of things went utterly right on Sunday, leading to a very entertaining gathering centered around Otto Preminger's Laura.

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kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Thanks for being patient on this, everyone. I think the concensus is that while the Oscars are indeed this weekend, people would still prefer to have Noir Night this Sunday as normal. So, there we go. Same monkey-time, same monkey-place.

Oh, and since the D&D group is meeting on Saturday instead of Sunday, I'll be happy to accommodate any of them that wish to attend the movie.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
It has come to my attention that this weekend's Noir Night will also be Oscar night. As I don't watch TV, I had no idea this was going to happen. I leave this to you, my friends, as to what we should do. We don't get reception here, so there's no chance to hold an Oscar night at my place.

Shall we cancel so those who wish to watch the Oscars can do so?

Shall we still proceed, and say "Sorry!" to those who don't attend?

Shall we still gather, but not watch the movie, but instead do gaming stuffs?

Please, let me know what you want to do!
kung_fu_monkey: (Me. Amused.)
I'd like to start off by giving my two cents on our previous Noir viewing. Kurosawa's High and Low was a different take on the noir genre, but still managed to hit most of the aspects that characterizes the style of film.

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Classes are progressing smoothly. I'm rather far ahead in my Japanese American Internment camp class due to the extra credit I'm receiving from my homework, not to mention the extra credit write-ups I can do on events that take place around Denver. This past weekend at the Tri-State Buddhist Temple, the Japanese American Citizens League arranged a memorial for the Day of Remembrance, the day that Executive Order 9066 was passed. This is the (martial)law that was enacted to relocate all Japanese citizens into the camps.

More class stuff behind the cut.
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I think that's about it for now. I'll post something more substantial later.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
This coming Sunday, February 25th, Noir Night resumes with Otto Preminger's, Laura, starting at 5 PM. I am currently soliciting ideas for dinner from all participants.

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