Taika Waititi

So I had sort of half-seen references to the upcoming film Jojo Rabbit flashing by on social media and just today looked up the summary: Jojo Rabbit is a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive … Continue reading “Taika Waititi”

So I had sort of half-seen references to the upcoming film Jojo Rabbit flashing by on social media and just today looked up the summary:

Jojo Rabbit is a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.

What? I’m sorry, what?

You can read a little more about it here, looks like:

I’m sure it will be…interesting? I’m not sure. I mean it has to be good, right? Taika Waititi can do no wrong. Right?

In the meantime, check out Eagle vs. Shark (HU DVD 13999) or What we do in the shadows (HU DVD 12447), because I’ve been told I plugged Hunt for the Wilderpeople (HU DVD 13531) too many times and need to branch out.

Before We Vanish

I’m kind of curious to see Before We Vanish, but it looks like it’s not out in DC yet. Film Comment had an intriguing article about it though. Here’s the trailer: And we do have Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata (HU DVD 6809) here in Media Services, if you’re curious.

I’m kind of curious to see Before We Vanish, but it looks like it’s not out in DC yet. Film Comment had an intriguing article about it though.

Here’s the trailer:

And we do have Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata (HU DVD 6809) here in Media Services, if you’re curious.

Ocean’s 8: Will it be at least kind of ok?

As we hear more about Ocean’s 8, this fascinating post on heists might be of interest to  a few of you: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2017/10/12/one-last-big-job-how-heist-movies-tell-their-stories/ What is a heist film? Bordwell quotes Westlake: Donald Westlake proposed a concise characterization: “We follow the crooks before, during, and after a crime, usually a robbery.” This indicates two things. First, the … Continue reading “Ocean’s 8: Will it be at least kind of ok?”

As we hear more about Ocean’s 8, this fascinating post on heists might be of interest to  a few of you: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2017/10/12/one-last-big-job-how-heist-movies-tell-their-stories/

What is a heist film? Bordwell quotes Westlake:

Donald Westlake proposed a concise characterization: “We follow the crooks before, during, and after a crime, usually a robbery.” This indicates two things. First, the plot is structured around the big caper, though there might be lesser crimes enabling it, such as stealing weapons. Second, the viewpoint is organized around the criminals, not the detectives who might pursue them, as in a police procedural. By these criteria, High Sierra (1941), although allied to the bandit tradition, fits because most of the film concerns a single robbery, its preparations and aftermath.

He mentions quite a few movies we own in our collection…too many to list! But, to get you started, we do have the original Ocean’s Eleven: HU DVD 10483.