Archive for May 13th, 2009

A.I. 2

by Sam Juliano

This review of Steven Spielberg’s ‘A.I.: Artificial Intelligence’ will be posting at Ric Burke’s priceless blogsite “Films For the Soul” which is counting down the zeroes with a continuing series of reviews by some of net’s most distinguished film scribes.  Each review is usually the individual writer’s #1 film of that given year. 

The idea behind A.I. was originally conceived by Stanley Kubrick, who subsequently entrusted the proposed project to Steven Spielberg.  When Kubrick died suddenly in 1999, his widow successfully persuaded Spielberg to assume complete artistic control of the film, including the direction.  Set in a future time when progress in robotics poses a conceivable menace to the human species, David (Haley Joel Osment), a robotic boy, is the artificial life form who is capable of experiencing love.  As a prototype, he is given to a couple whose real son is mired in what appears to be an irreversible coma.  After a discordant initiation David and his mother bond, at which point the “real” son miraculously awakens from the coma, rejoins to the family, and tricks David into engaging in dangerous things.  The father concludes that they must return the robotic boy to the manufacturer for destruction, but the mother arranges for his escape via abandonment.  For the duration of the film David seeks to be reunited with his mother, and for a time is joined by “Gigolo Joe,” a robot designed to function as a male prostitute.  David becomes frozen I an the ocean, and millennia later–long after the extinction of the human species–robots of the future rescue him and allow him to reunite with his mother for one day that will last in his mind for eternity. (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(Italy/France 1963 138m) DVD1

Aka. Fellini’s 8½/Otto e Mezzo

Saraghina’s dance

p  Angelo Rizzoli  d  Federico Fellini  w  Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi  ph  Gianni di Venanzo  ed  Leo Cattozzo  m  Nino Rota  art/cos  Piero Gherardi 

Marcello Mastroianni (Guido Anselmi), Claudia Cardinale (Claudia), Anouk Aimée (Luisa Anselmi), Sandra Milo (Carla), Rossella Falk (Rossella), Barbara Steele (Gloria Morin), Madeleine le Beau (French actress),

When asked some time ago to name his all-time favourite films, Martin Scorsese reluctantly narrowed the list down to five; The Red Shoes, The Leopard, Citizen Kane, The Searchers, and Fellini’s .  Certainly no-one could argue with the greatness tag that so comfortably fits all five, but the most interesting member of that list is probably Fellini’s film.  In truth, of all the major European films in my list, it’s probably the one that is actually about the least in content, but which also has arguably the most to say.  It’s one of the great movies about moviemaking ever made, and though, if I had to choose between putting either of the superb Criterion DVDs of Godard’s Le Mépris or Fellini’s film into my player it would probably be Godard’s film, for various reasons, it’s also hard not to be enraptured by Fellini’s film.  It’s the greatest autobiographical film ever made by a director about himself.  Egotistical?  Yes.  Self-indulgent?  Certainly.  But truly mesmeric and essential viewing, nonetheless.  (more…)

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