Thursday, March 8, 2007

Improving The Unimprovable

Just when you thought that the world's most impressive DVD collection could not be improved, I have gone ahead and done it. Our two new selections add the perfect amount of spice and flavor to the already tasteful souffle that is on display in my kitchen:

1) Brief Encounter (David Lean) - Few know that the master of the widescreen epic was also the master of the intimate black-and-white drama. But now with the addition of this Criterion edition of Brief Encounter to my collection, more will hopefully discover this.

2) The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolluci) - Before he went off the deep end with Last Tango In Paris, Bertolucci actually made a movie that you could take seriously. . . and its name is The Conformist. Worth it alone for the cinematography of Vittorio Storaro, who later went on to photograph some obscure little war movie called Apocalypse Now.

So there we have it. Once again I have demonstrated my unparalleled taste in DVD acquiring-ness. Unfortunately, neither of my purchases may be suitable for our proposed "Black-and-White French and Italian Film Festival," although they come close; one is Italian but not in black-and-white, while the other is in black-and-white but is neither French nor Italian. Nevertheless, they shall be viewed eventually?

9 comments:

yoggoth said...

You don't have to be French, Italian, or Black and White to be in the Black and White French/Italian category. It's more about attitude.

Little Earl said...

What? What the hell is that? What is the purpose of a black-and-white French and Italian film fest if the films aren't going to be black-and-white and French and Italian? Are you just going to include anything? Why not include Wes Anderson? He's "black-and-white French/Italian" in attitude. Where do you draw the line?

ninquelote said...

I draw the line at film fest.

ninquelote said...

Then I draw two more lines at attitude.
That makes a triangle.
And when you triangulate your attitude, thats when you can start living your dream.

yoggoth said...

...or wear it as a hat.


FYI: Wes does not have the b&wF/I attitude. Old David Lean dramas do. Seems obvious to me.

Little Earl said...

I guess. So basically you're including any movies you feel like including? I sort of liked the idea of being more strict about it.

yoggoth said...

No, what I'm doing is making a joke, basically.

ninquelote said...

Forget the jokes for a minute; did you hear that the Brits just launched a military communications satellite called Skynet.
Did they not get the Terminator movies over there!?!
This is the end my friends.

yoggoth said...

Haha, that must be an engineer's joke that none of the administrators got.