Match Frame

Thoughts from an American editor and filmmaker in New Zealand about film and video production and post-production. Plus whatever else I feel like talking about.

Location: Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand

A work in progress.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

back in Auckland

in case you were wondering.

Just because, this isn't my top ten or whatever, but since you already know how awesome CASINO ROYALE and THE DEPARTED are, and I rambled at great length in previous entries about the genius of film festy movies like I AM A SEX ADDICT, 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST, THE WILD BLUE YONDER, and LONGING, I thought I'd mention a couple films that got really overlooked this year that deserve better, that maybe you can check out the next time you're at the video store, and for once I'll mention movies that are in English and can be found at yr. local video store (either now or in a couple months): MONSTER HOUSE. THE PRESTIGE. TALLEDEGA NIGHTS*. CHILDREN OF MEN. FEARLESS. CRANK. And, in the "was overlooked by me until this year" division, the remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.

For the most part, these movies are exactly what they appear to be, but really really good versions of it. One caveat: MONSTER HOUSE is definitely not a little kid's movie - I thought it was kinda scary at points, and I think it would be way too intense for little ones. Fortunately, that won't preclude you, oh grown up friend of mine, from enjoying it. There's a moment involving a sign on the house's lawn near the start that's a complete throwaway but one of my favorite moments of the year.

I could go on. But I should be asleep. So I will attempt to do so.

*This was huge in America, I think, but in NZ everybody just stares at me and says "was that actually funny?" And then I can't respond because I think of the cougar and I laugh too hard. So, briefly: yes. Very.


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