Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan, 1989)

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In a hotel where an uncanny reality makes moves against the isolated desires of the characters, Speaking Parts (Atom Egoyan, 1989) is a cold trip. It is loaded with unrequited love, quiet anguish, subtle and not-so-subtle power plays, technological alienation and the consequences of unruly passions.

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This film is full of curly black hair. Gabrielle Rose gives a wonderfully measured performance as a writer who is losing control of her work to a film production. Arsinée Khanjian, Egoyan’s wife, plays the insular and dreamy housekeeping staff who is obsessed with her colleague, an aspiring actor played by Michael McManus, whose blankness is chilling. Although the film shares a great deal with the spooky dreamscapes of David Lynch and the weird modernity of early David Cronenberg, Speaking Parts seems most closely akin to the kinds of crises we find in Joseph Losey’s Accident (1967). Having painted this quiet grey picture, I must add, the film is not without humour and the sentimental speeches made by the stoney faced David Hemblen as “The Producer” are golden.

This film gets bonus points because it has scenes set in a video shop.

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Check out the amazingly vintage website of Speaking Parts star Michael McManus:

http://www.michael-mcmanus.com/

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posted by Tom Moore

 

HAPPY (warped and weirdly-angled) BIRTHDAY , DAVID LYNCH! (YPPAH YADHTRIB)

img-david-lynch-01-_184117216071David Lynch, Prince of the bone-bendingly dark and scratchy places you otherwise try to keep free in the corners of your mind, those beautifully uncomfortable pointy places that point in at you and then yawn in boredom at how conventional and drab your subconscious turns out to be. David Lynch sneaks into these spots like a Dickensian squatter, armed with mysterious and alluring incantations and ancient hymns of invocation of mutant children and log-stroking one-eyed women.

BEHOLD!

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Eraserhead-BottomERASERHEAD (1977)

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494BLUE VELVET (1986)

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front11MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)

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duran_duran_unstaged_2011DURAN DURAN: UNSTAGED (2011)

Well, why not?

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Rentalution

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Staff A-Z of Films: E is for… (Pt.2)

ROB SAYS:

The_Elephant_Man-135262381-largeE is for The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick, a severely deformed man who was paraded as a circus freak in turn-of-the-century England. David Lynch’s follow-up to his singular debut Eraserhead has an authentic feel for the time while also evoking the classic horror of Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon with atmospheric black and white imagery supplied by veteran cameraman Freddie Francis.
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The heavy-weight cast includes John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller and Anne Bancroft, but at the heart of the film is an unrecognisable John Hurt as Merrick and Anthony Hopkins as the doctor who tries to help him.
So much of the film is about how others react to the Elephant Man: in horror, fear, pity, confusion. Hopkin’s beautifully nuanced performance is full of conflict, love, and gentleness. He shows that true acting is all about reacting in what could be his greatest achievement.
Anthony+Hopkins+The+Elephant+Man This is a monster movie flipped on it’s head. Lynch begins by building the sense of dread around this freakish man and then shifts to take his side against the far more horrific humanity that surrounds him.
The film unfolds with a quiet power and bit by bit it will break your heart.
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ALY SAYS:

8-MileE IS FOR 8 MILE (2002)

8 Mile is an autobiographical movie directed by Curtis Hanson (Chasing Mavericks) about a young white wannabe rapper Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith (Eminem) who tries to defy the boundaries of class and race and break into the rap industry.

8-mile-2002-06-gThe story shows how Eminem, who lives in a trailer with his mother (Kim Basinger) and younger sister, struggles to survive and how he lives only to rise above his circumstances to make it as a successful white rapper.

8mile1With the urban masses at the local rap battles having booed him off stage once already, contending that rap is a black man’s world, Eminem shows that if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

A little piece of trivia that I learnt after watching the film…..The sheet of paper that Jimmy writes on the bus is the real sheet that Eminem wrote “Lose Yourself” on. The sheet of paper sold for $10,000 on an eBay auction.

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SIMON SAYS:

end_of_watch_ver3_xlgE is for End of Watch (2012)

Really original take on a cop movie – Michael Pena plays the role of the guy you expect to find in the force in south central LA – Hispanic, married with kids – yet his partner (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn’t quite fit in. A little aloof and resented by some of his colleagues, he forms an unlikely friendship with his partner.

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What’s really original with this movie is it doesn’t just centre on the violence and carnage of this notorious district of LA – it is a very human tale of the hopes and aspirations of two regular guys set against the backdrop of a very dangerous workplace.

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Well worth the watch – no pun intended!

New Additions (Old Films Finally Gracing the Shop):

SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (1965):

Allegedly David Lynch’s favourite film – watch it and find out why…

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CQj8n3Rek