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I’m still waiting for The Departed to hit cinemas here.
The director of The Battle of Algiers died on Thursday.
Gillo’s masterpiece has grown more popular now because of 9/11. I read so many recommendations that I felt it was a must-see. Rumor has it the Pentagon initiated screening the movie to generals and staff because they felt was an eye-opener regarding terrorism.
While I don’t agree fully (equating a liberation movement against a colonial power with other forms of terrorism), the movie definitely delivers with its realistic, documentary style. Then again, Gillo was a documentary filmmaker first and foremost.
It pays to bet on your strengths (it was the only black and white movie in 1965!) rather than imitate what’s hot. RIP Gillo.
Peter Sellers is one of my favorite actors. His 15 minutes in Lolita are the best part of the movie (for me). I’ve seen Dr. Strangelove at least a dozen time and I find new entertaining bits every time.
Here’s a one-minute interview with him doing accents – just after he completed Dr. Strangelove. (Courtesy of Gootube).
TechCrunch posts that there are rumors that Google’s going to acquire Youtube.
The Wall Street Journal is now reporting this as well, saying “Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The discussions are still at a sensitive stage and could well break off, this person says.”
I bet a few heads in Google Video should roll. They had a distinctive advantage with Google Video and they totally missed the boat.
There are nicely-shot movies and then there’s The Magician. It strikes me that some people equate poor lighting and a shaky camera with indie video.
But it’s a mockumentary, so I’ll just let it slide. In some ways. it’s similar to Man Bites Dog – a Belgian indie movie. It track the story of a hitman (or should I say a hitperson?). He agreed to the documentary on the condition that it will only be shown after his death.
The movie’s enterntaining at times, though it’s charm is a lot a darker than The Matador. Most probably because Pierce Brosnan is replaced with an aspiring writer/director/star in the face of Scott Ryan, an Aussie filmmaker that graduated from the Melbourne Institute of Technology (not that MIT).
If you’re in the right mood, this movie could be quite funny. I simply couldn’t look past the poor lighting, choppy editing, and what not. It feels like a very good student film.