Movies At Random: Léolo

Today’s random movie is Léolo (HU DVD 1684)! From the Wikipedia summary: Léolo is a 1992 Canadian coming of age-fantasy film by director Jean-Claude Lauzon. The film tells the story of a young boy named Léo “Léolo” Lauzon, played by Maxime Collin, who engages in an active fantasy life while growing up with his Montreal family, … Continue reading “Movies At Random: Léolo”

Today’s random movie is Léolo (HU DVD 1684)!

From the Wikipedia summary:

Léolo is a 1992 Canadian coming of age-fantasy film by director Jean-Claude Lauzon. The film tells the story of a young boy named Léo “Léolo” Lauzon, played by Maxime Collin, who engages in an active fantasy life while growing up with his Montreal family, and begins to have sexual fantasies about his neighbour Bianca, played by Giuditta del Vecchio.

This film was rated one of the top 10 Canadian Films of All Time in 2015. It has inspired much speculation and varied interpretations. Give it a watch and see what you think!

Happy viewing!

Movies at Random: The Wildcat

Today’s random movie is Ernst Lubitsch’s The Wildcat (HU DVD 2900). This 1921 silent romantic comedy film was restored in 2000, and our copy features music by Marco Dalphane. Here’s our summary: The commander of a remote fort (and his lovely daughter) eagerly awaits a new lieutenant. En route, he is captured by outlaws who … Continue reading “Movies at Random: The Wildcat”

Today’s random movie is Ernst Lubitsch’s The Wildcat (HU DVD 2900). This 1921 silent romantic comedy film was restored in 2000, and our copy features music by Marco Dalphane.

Here’s our summary:

The commander of a remote fort (and his lovely daughter) eagerly awaits a new lieutenant. En route, he is captured by outlaws who roam the snow-covered mountains and the daughter of their leader quickly falls for the young officer, setting in motion an outrageous farce.

Happy viewing!

Movies at Random: Night of the Shooting Stars

Today while perusing the dusty gemtrac, the movie Night of the Shooting Stars (HU DVD 5167) jumped out at me. The original title, La Notte de San Lorenzo, refers to the feast day of Saint Lawrence, a holiday associated with shooting stars. Here’s our summary: It is the Night of San Lorenzo, the night when … Continue reading “Movies at Random: Night of the Shooting Stars”

Today while perusing the dusty gemtrac, the movie Night of the Shooting Stars (HU DVD 5167) jumped out at me. The original title, La Notte de San Lorenzo, refers to the feast day of Saint Lawrence, a holiday associated with shooting stars.

Here’s our summary:

It is the Night of San Lorenzo, the night when dreams come true. While watching shooting stars, Cecilia tells her son about a similar night in 1944, when she was six years old, and the residents of San Martino, her small Tuscan hometown, struggled against Nazi oppression during the final days of WWII.

This film won the Jury Special Grand Prix at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, and Wikipedia describes it as a fantasy war drama film. Directed by the Taviani brothers, whose film Padre Padrone (HU DVD 1437) won the Palme d’Or in 1977, Night of the Shooting Stars is definitely worth watching.

 Happy viewing!

Movies at Random: Holy Motors

Holy cow, I forgot about Holy Motors (HU DVD 11008)! Today, this DVD leapt off the shelf into my hands, and this one I’ve actually seen! This super weird Leos Carax movie stars Denis Lavant, whose acting generally leans towards hyper-physical mime-like motions, as an actor-like character inhabiting different roles. According to Wikipedia, Carax wrote … Continue reading “Movies at Random: Holy Motors”

Holy cow, I forgot about Holy Motors (HU DVD 11008)! Today, this DVD leapt off the shelf into my hands, and this one I’ve actually seen!

This super weird Leos Carax movie stars Denis Lavant, whose acting generally leans towards hyper-physical mime-like motions, as an actor-like character inhabiting different roles. According to Wikipedia, Carax wrote the role specifically for Lavant, which is not at all surprising given their work together. The movie sparkles with weirdness, and no summary will do it justice, but here’s our summary all the same:

Monsieur Oscar, a mysterious, shadowy character, spends a day traveling through Paris in a limousine driven by his loyal chauffeur, Celine. During his travel, he journeys from one life to the next, taking on the appearances of a wide variety of characters, including a captain of industry, an assassin, a beggar, a monster, a reptilian sex god, a melancholy father, and a dying old man.

And if that doesn’t sell you on it, here’s the trailer:

Happy viewing!

Movies at Random: While the City Sleeps

Media services has so many movies that I’m always surprised by what I find. Today the movie While the City Sleeps (HU DVD 7621) caught my eye. This Fritz Lang film was released in 1956. Here’s our summary: “Ask mother” says the message scrawled in lipstick at a muder scene by an unknown serial killer who … Continue reading “Movies at Random: While the City Sleeps”

Media services has so many movies that I’m always surprised by what I find. Today the movie While the City Sleeps (HU DVD 7621) caught my eye.

This Fritz Lang film was released in 1956. Here’s our summary:

“Ask mother” says the message scrawled in lipstick at a muder scene by an unknown serial killer who preys on women. It’s a sensational story – if it bleeds, it leads – and a news conglomerate offers a big promotion to the high-level company exec who solves the case. So begins the wheeling, dealing and backstabbing of the competing media hotshots as they vie to unmask the so-called Lipstick Killer.

Fun fact from Wikipedia: “several props—some of which featured a large K in a circle—were recycled from Citizen Kane, which RKO had made 15 years earlier, and may have prompted the use of the name “Kyne.””

Not a favorite with all viewers (see this review), it’s still worth a look. Here’s a sample:

Happy viewing!