You said that Brazil is one of your favourite movies, I watched it awhile ago and have yet to determine how I felt about it. I'm curious to know what makes it one of your favourites?
Spoilers for Brazil
Brazil is really a movie that takes apart a lot of Sci-Fi tropes. In a more typical movie Sam would end up being the hero by taking on the oppressive government. He’s not though, he’s always a cog in the machine. Him fighting the oppressors only make them bolder in their oppression. It’s only when he removes himself completely from the system does he become truly happy, even if it’s at the cost of his own sanity.
Also it’s just a beautiful film. Images such as Jack in the baby mask and the tubes going through walls really stick you. It’s a fantastic version of the future, though not one I would wanted to live in. I remember the first time I heard the line “This is strictly a professional relationship” my whole body shook with a chill. I still do.
Personal take on the Coen Brothers? Also what do you think of Hollywood now, which despite its lack of "art" films and slower pictures, still retains original talent? Sry this is convoluted, but what I'm driving at is the cultural pandering of commercially driven film-making within a culture of irony, immediacy and false optimism that creates a self-censorship of directors. Should the Artist should be recklessly singleminded in vision, or be insidious, but risk the loss of meaning?
I love the Coen’s work, although I admit I am more a fan of their comedy (O Brother, Fargo) then their drama. Just personal taste.
The second question is one all artists have to ask themselves, no matter the medium. I feel that as much as people may complain about the prevalence of sequels and similar movies, there is enough original visions and voices coming out to make an impact. For instance there’s del Toro who has a history of big budget movies that don’t shed his distinct style. Harmony Korine is given money to make his crazy visions, and no matter what you think of him there’s a beauty that the guy who made “Trash Humpers” is still out there. That’s not even going into the short films and feature films that are spread through the internet.
I also feel people are too quick to hoist artistic vision as the marker for a good film. Terrible movies have been made because an artist had a vision while there have been incredible movies made for easy money. Never forget that Coppola made The Godfather for the money it would get him and his studio.
Ed Wood made very enjoyable films, maybe not in the way he intended, but his films will be enjoyed far longer then most of the filmmakers from that time. Ed Wood understood that no matter how big a business films are you have to make them true to yourself and I will watch a bad genuine movie over a good fake any day.
What do you think of the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, and Hideki Anno's input in them? I've only seen the first two, and I think they're good films, but I'm not sure it's worth it to be retreading old ground so soon, and by the same director.
I have also only watched the first two and, to be completely honest, went in expecting to hate both. I ended up enjoying both a lot and I like the direction they are headed.
As for Hidiaki Anno being the one at the director’s helm, I think it’s very interesting. It would have been cool to see how another person would have handled it, but Anno provides us with two important things. It gives us a director who is not scared to mess with the original, as he made the original, and it allows us to see how the years have changed his artistic vision. You don’t have many directors remaking their own works almost 20 years afterwards.
Wes Anderson is an enigma to me. Never before have I encountered a director who makes the same type of movie repeatedly and yet I am excited for every one. If I had to describe him in one word it would be consistent. When you walk into his movies you know exactly what you’re getting, for better or worse.
I've heard that The End Of Evangelion is amazing and I've been told to watch it several time and haven't yet gotten around to it. Should I watch the show first? Or is the movie a separate thing all together?
Unfortunately the movie is not a separate thing, you got to watch the show first. I wish I could just hand people the movie but with a film so abstract a base line is needed. The characters are the most important thing in that movie and if you skip the show you’re kind of missing the first half of their arc.
I think Nolan is a real great director, but I don’t think he’s “the next modern film genius” or something like that. His movies are great, but most of them have problems that are sometimes hard to look over. He’s not a subtle guy and is more then willing to beat you to death with symbolism. That said, I like more of his work then dislike it, so I would say I’m a fan.
My favorite director currently working would probably be Edgar Wright, he’s got a grasp on the visual language of film not many directors can claim to have. His films are layered with details other greats like Kubrick put in their films. Which brings me to say my favorite historical director is Kubrick. Cliche I know, but I just love the guy’s work.
If you make me choose between them then my head will explode.