I watched “Babel” tonight. All I can say is “wow”.

This is one of the best movies I have ever watched in my life. It kept me on the edge of my seat — and it’s one of the very few movies that are able to put me in that mode. The cinematography was amazing, the performances, direction, and storyline too. I found the depiction of the various places extremely authentic — and that was the key for me.

If there was one thing that should have been done better, was the Japanese story and its loose connection to the other stories (while a great story in itself, it felt a bit out of place in conjunction to the others). But other than that, the movie is thrilling! Rent it!


Luis wrote on June 22nd, 2009 at 11:02 PM PST:

It is a good movie. I appreciate the will of this Mexican director to touch the soul with his movies. And his cinematographic talent too.

Completely unrelated to Babel, but thinking about non American movies (but still in English) that could be interesting, have you seen the Irish movie Once? (It is related more to your musical phase. A much lighter movie than Babel, but, in a different way, also very different from American movies/TV shows).

Thinking about also different ways of making movies, I wonder if you would like something like Vanya on 42nd Street. It’s a very naked kind of cinematography (opposite of what I believe you usually like), but at the same time a real work of art (that you might either find fascinating or completely boring).

And if you feel like reading some subtitles, what about the excellent German movie The Lives of Others or the wonderful Chinese movie In the Mood for Love?

Of course, you might hate them all (except “Once”, maybe), but it’s worth to try and explore different things.

szlevi wrote on June 23rd, 2009 at 7:46 PM PST:

If you prefer cinematography over action you should watch lot of Miklos Jancso, Bela Tarr – they are long considered the masters of cinematography, even in Hollywood. The other day just read a recent interview with Scorsese where he still recalls Jancso’s “Szegenylegenyek” as one of his main cinematographic influences.

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Tarr’s epic 7+ hours long Satantango is also part of the mandatory curriculum at any half-decent film school now – he’s truly the master of long takes:
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Just my $0.02…

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