I finally made it: I got to see Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine! One of my most anticipated films of the year. It was my first time watching a Woody Allen film in a theater. I’ve only discovered this fantastic filmmaker in 2011 when I watched Midnight in Paris an experience I’ll never forget. So anyway, that was the highlight of my week, in terms of movies, but there were also two others I’d like to discuss.
Lust, Caution (2007) – 7 (IMDb 7.5) – War, Drama, Romance (Taiwan)
Ang Lee is one of those directors I should get more into. It seems that everyone loves his films and while I can certainly see why, for some reason I never really love them as much as everyone else. I can’t connect somehow. Lust, Caution is probably my favorite of his so far. I mainly checked it out because it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. To me there are three “authorities” when it comes to cinema: The Criterion Collection, Sight & Sound and the Venice Film Festival. I will literally believe and watch anything they praise. Continue reading
The Grandmaster is still one of my favorite films of the year. This second American trailer shows more action and martial arts sequences. The Weinstein Company is clearly trying to market it as the next, I don’t know what’s the last really successful foreign martial arts film (does The Raid count)? Anyway, if you’ve seen the film or know anything about Wong Kar-wai, you know that his films have little to do with the words “action packed”.
Like I’ve already said in my review however, the film looks incredible (stunning cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd), the fight sequences are mind blowing (Yuen Woo-Ping of Kill Bill fame does a spectacular job) and the acting is top notch (especially Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, who carry the film and look great). The story about Bruce Lee’s grand master Ip Man opens in US theaters August 23rd, 2013 and was already released in China.