Posts Tagged ‘Jeffrey Eugenides’

Comic Book Movie July – Ghost World

Dienstag, Juli 8th, 2008

So, Ghost World. Another slightly misleading title. There’s nothing ghostly about this film – except for maybe how mundane everything is. Ghost World is based on Daniel Clowes graphic novel of the same name, which he adapted for the big screen with director Terry Zwigoff (the two also later collaborated in the same way on Art School Confidential). Ghost World tells the story of two teenagers fresh out of high school. Far removed from the usual look at preppy cheerleaders and sport jocks that dominates popular entertainment, the film shows two outsiders trying to make their way in a world they can’t quite understand.

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Minute Movie Review – Lost in Translation

Freitag, März 14th, 2008

Review:

Lost in Translation is the story of two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is an old, washed-out movie star who is shooting a Whiskey commercial and Charlotte a recent Yale graduate who is trying to figure out what to do with her life. Inexplicably drawn to each other – maybe due to the mutual insomnia – they become friends and together discover Tokyo. A slow film that relies on pictures and dialogue, it perfectly depicts the alienation every thinking person often feels. A love story of sorts (though not a typical Hollywood one), this film by Sofia Coppola is one you’ll either love or hate – depending on how much adrenaline you expect from a movie.

Random Observations:

Lost in Translation at imdb.com

This is one of my all-time favourite movies. Just great.

Bill Murray was so sad when he was nominated for an Oscar for this film and didn’t win. You could really see the disappointment in his face when he realized that he had just missed his one chance.

In the Karaoke scene, Bill Murray sings “More than this” from Roxy Music. Not only is it included as a hidden track on the soundtrack album, it also captures perfectly that song’s inherent melancholy.

Sofia Coppola’s second film after the good-but-not-great “The Virgin Suicides” (based on the book by Jeffrey Eugenides, famous for Middlesex) and before the dreadful “Marie Antoinette“, though admittedly I haven’t seen that one.