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10/05/2016

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Another one to add to the list! Thanks, Janet.

You're welcome. Thanks to you.

AMDG

Went to see the new Godzilla movie last night and they ran a trailer for the The Great Wall. Looks to be a fantasy/action film on an epic scale -- here's hoping it has both the panache and the beauty of the typical Zhang Yimou film!

Watched 'Coming Home' last night -- very good indeed. The ending is perhaps a little bit more low-key than I would have liked, but in context very fitting. The acting is excellent throughout.

I'm glad you liked it.

AMDG

Zhang Yimou's Shadow has finally made it to the States. Check your local theaters. Here in Pittsburgh it's only playing on two screens, neither of which is anywhere near me, but I plan to see it over the weekend nevertheless.

I'll be surprised if it plays here at all but I'll keep an eye out. It would be fun to see a movie in a theater. I think my last one was Blade Runner 2049.

Yeah, I don't go much myself anymore unless I think it's something on which the big screen would make a real difference.

I never saw this one. I'd like to.

It doesn't seem to be on Memohis at all.

AMDG

Not here, either. Not surprising.

Got to see 'Shadow' on Sunday afternoon and liked it so much I went back again last night.
It's darker both visually and thematically than Yimou's previous movies of this type. It's filmed in color, but most of the colors are actually black and white, and the various shades of gray in between. The only other colors are the yellow of flame and candlelight, the flesh tones of the actors, and the red of blood. Still, the austere beauty he gets out of all these grays is pretty amazing, and it matches the dark/bright of the yin-yang motif that appears throughout the film.

Thematically, the film has to do with court intrigue and crosses and double-crosses (while I was watching it Macbeth kept coming to mind), and the whole thing gets quite intense (and bloody) near the end. As usual with Yimou's films the visuals in the duels and battle scenes are fantastic and even breathtaking at times. What makes this one different than his previous ones is the bloodiness of the violence. While it doesn't approach the Tarantino or Scorcese level, it's still fairly graphic, albeit very stylishly done.

All in all, this is one of the more satisfying film experiences I've had in quite a while. See it on the big screen if you can!

Which unfortunately is not very likely for me.

I emailed our theater to see if it was coming here, and they said unfortunately the distributor had not contacted them about showing the film. All the movie theaters in Memphis belong to one company. It is rather surprising since one of the theaters has foreign and indie films.

So boo.

AMDG

Yeah, boo.

I checked out most of the theaters in a 30-mile or so radius here and the lists of movies showing at each were extremely similar, like 8 or 9 out of 10 the same.

There is one independent here but they have a roster extending into July and Shadow is not on it. Their fare tends to be sort of the slightly less populist mainstream. For instance, Rocketman (the Elton John bio) for most of the next few weeks. Can't believe that many people want to see it, especially as it's also showing at some of the bigger places.

But I think I will definitely try to go see this one:

https://www.crescenttheater.com/2019/yesterday/

Imagine there's no Beatles.

AMDG

It's not easy.

It ain't

Whether or not you try.

"But I think I will definitely try to go see this one"

Ha! That looks like it could be lots of fun.

When I saw 'Shadow' on Sunday I was excited to see that the same cineplex was running 'Once Upon a Time in the West' last night as part of their classics series. Almost didn't go, because we had a huge rainstorm that was causing flash flooding in various places, but I allowed extra time just in case. Good thing I did, as traffic was bad, but it was worth it. Seeing that on a big screen in a theater with a great sound system was a real treat.

When I saw the trailer for "Yesterday" I thought it looked fantastic. Wonderful premise for a comedy. But the reviews were poor. I'm on the fence.

Surely it would still at least have enough good moments to be moderately enjoyable. Unless they were all in the trailer.

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