Hi all, sorry to interrupt your Summer siestas.
Both Under the Skin and The Grand Budapest Hotel loaded up and played without a hitch. Both rentals from the big red box (and I wasn't the 1st to rent them by a long shot based on the greasy prints on both of them). And free ones to boot. Anyhow UtS is the single weirdest/strangest move I have seen since Eraserhead and that is saying a lot since I generally like/love odd/weird/different/strange movies (Eraserhead still gives me the creeps when I watch it and for that reason I have never bought it on any format). Not weird in a bad way, but strange in a "I think I am going to have to watch that one again" way. I doubt I would ever buy it though. As it was I had to rewatch several parts several times due to both my being distracted and also a little dense and not getting what was going on. I will leave it at that and interested what others think. It is for sure filmed interesting and the soundtrack is really surreal which makes for a decent HT title. Not reference, but still different than most things out there. At times it is a very visually stunning flick, which is good since there is next to no dialogue. A warning though, if you are shocked to see phallus then I would stay away from this film. You will see quite a few during this film. On the flip side you get to see Scarlett fully naked several times so it makes up for the former ;-)
The Grand Budapest is a must own title for two reasons. First if you are a Wes Anderson fan it is one of his best. I would say that Rushmore is my favorite, followed by this one then by Moonrise Kingdom and then The Royal Tenenbaums. I ordered up all of his other films on Criterion that I don't already own or just ordered on the B&N sale. I have owned Rushmore for some time now also Moonrise Kingdom and The Fantastic Mr. Fox (on both the original Fox release and recently picked up the Criterion). I also have the original DVD of Bottle Rocket (a full screen on one side widescreen on the other flip disc). I have been wanting to pick up The Royal..., The Life Aquatic.., and The Darjeeling Limited for some time now and found some great deals on all of those recently. I also got a great deal in a Bottle Rocket, so I figured what the heck might as well complete the collection. Now I just need to wait for Moonrise and Grand to get the Criterion treatment and I can double dip on those also. The 2nd reason that it's a must own is that the film is in three different aspect ratios used for the various time periods depicted in the film. It is also the only BD I am aware of that is in true Academy 1:37...:1. I could be wrong there as I don't own many older films that were filmed in that ratio. It's fun to see the different time periods in the different ratios and the film is also somewhat of a history of when those aspects were first used in films (you will need to read up on that). There is as much going on in that movie in the way it was filmed as in the story line. I'm sure there are tons of things I missed while watching it as it is chock full of references, jokes etc. i will for sure be buying this one (it also features many of my favorite actors). Probably a cheep ex-rental since I want to spend the good cash on the Criterion IF and WHEN they release it. Oh and it's just a good over all film, so I guess that is 3 reasons, but I'm afraid you have to be at least somewhat a fan of Anderson's works to appreciate it. My wife liked Moonrise... ok and she can't stand any of the other films.
Ok, back to The Strain.......