dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)


Mr. Mousie and I are watching Вокзал для двоих (Railway Station for Two), a Russian movie I haven't seen in years but which is just as good as I remember. Made in 1982, RSfT is about the chance meeting in a small town railway station of two extremely different people: the station restaurant waitress Vera and the Moscow pianist Platon who gets stuck in that station when he misses his train.

Neither of them will ever see twenty or thirty again, or hit it off well with each other at the start, and then there is the fact that Platon is shortly to go to jail for a hit and run which he didn't commit. But somehow they end up being thrown together through a series of funny and sad circumstances and well...discover love and each other and hope. And a lot of melons :D

I've forgotten just how awesome this movie is and how real and spot-on it somehow feels. The pace is leisurely to allow the character interactions and development and it's just love. Serious love. It's available on DVD with English, French, Italian etc subs for those who do not speak Russian.

dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)


Mr. Mousie and I are watching Вокзал для двоих (Railway Station for Two), a Russian movie I haven't seen in years but which is just as good as I remember. Made in 1982, RSfT is about the chance meeting in a small town railway station of two extremely different people: the station restaurant waitress Vera and the Moscow pianist Platon who gets stuck in that station when he misses his train.

Neither of them will ever see twenty or thirty again, or hit it off well with each other at the start, and then there is the fact that Platon is shortly to go to jail for a hit and run which he didn't commit. But somehow they end up being thrown together through a series of funny and sad circumstances and well...discover love and each other and hope. And a lot of melons :D

I've forgotten just how awesome this movie is and how real and spot-on it somehow feels. The pace is leisurely to allow the character interactions and development and it's just love. Serious love. It's available on DVD with English, French, Italian etc subs for those who do not speak Russian.

dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)


Mr. Mousie and I are watching Вокзал для двоих (Railway Station for Two), a Russian movie I haven't seen in years but which is just as good as I remember. Made in 1982, RSfT is about the chance meeting in a small town railway station of two extremely different people: the station restaurant waitress Vera and the Moscow pianist Platon who gets stuck in that station when he misses his train.

Neither of them will ever see twenty or thirty again, or hit it off well with each other at the start, and then there is the fact that Platon is shortly to go to jail for a hit and run which he didn't commit. But somehow they end up being thrown together through a series of funny and sad circumstances and well...discover love and each other and hope. And a lot of melons :D

I've forgotten just how awesome this movie is and how real and spot-on it somehow feels. The pace is leisurely to allow the character interactions and development and it's just love. Serious love. It's available on DVD with English, French, Italian etc subs for those who do not speak Russian.

dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (MoL feet by ameyadevi)


Was Black Book good? Is it my rating up there? No idea. I screwed up the times it was playing, I was so exhausted. Better luck tomorrow. They are also play a Kazakh movie Nomad but that will wait until the weekend.

I am through volume 11 of Red River and it's awesome though I need a drawing board to keep track of plots and counterplots. I just love how functional Kail and Yuri are though together. That is something all my fave anime/manga couples have in common. I can root for a couple separated through circumstances or obstacles but when it's their own bloody stupidity, it's another matter. Most of my fave couples acknowledge their feelings quickly etc (e.g. wen not being threatened with murder/torture/rape/shapeshifter weirdos, Miaka and Tamahome are blindingly normal together).

Kail=awesome. I keep thinking of two scenes. One is when he and Yuri are reunited in the middle of a city falling about their ears and they are necking in some alley when some mercenary attacks and is all 'die now blah blah' and Kail, without stopping the kiss or letting go of Yuri with one hand, uses the other arm to stick his sword in the man's face and is all snarly 'can't you see, we are busy now, come back later.' LOVE. Or when he comes into this rndom town where Yuri is (long story) and he asks the Mayor where she is and the Mayor has no idea so he is all 'Let me rephrase it. Is there any area of your town where there is trouble brewing?' LOL. He knows his girl.

Btw, [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, I am not sure why you thought there was a lot of 'let's have sex, Yuri. No, Kail' stuff. I mean, there are a couple of brief scenes (natural enough) and that's it. In volume 9 she is actually the one all about 'mmmm, sexing' and he is all 'nope' (because she is planning to go back soon so he thinks that added tie between them is a bad idea. Actually he's right because I wonder if Yuri thought about lack of birth control :P) And it's actually not much of a point in the story in any volume.

Am most likely going to watch my just-in-from-netflix DVD of the Russian movie Railway Station for Two tonight.

Or just go to bed. I am so tired I can barely see straight.
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Is anybody else as excited for Spider-Man 3 as I am?

Superheroes. Angst. Fights. People with a weird spandex fixation.

Final Spider-Man 3 trailer:

dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Is anybody else as excited for Spider-Man 3 as I am?

Superheroes. Angst. Fights. People with a weird spandex fixation.

Final Spider-Man 3 trailer:

dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Is anybody else as excited for Spider-Man 3 as I am?

Superheroes. Angst. Fights. People with a weird spandex fixation.

Final Spider-Man 3 trailer:

dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I have to say, I’ve got some respect for Prince Harry after reading that he wants (and will) serve with a combat unit in Iraq. He clearly doesn’t have to do so, so at least he's got some guts.

Changing tack, I keep being haunted by The Lives of Others. It is an amazing film and I’ll try to see it again before it leaves theaters, if I can.

Lengthy spoilery ramble on the movie )

I only rarely find reviews that really express what I feel, but I found one here. It’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Review behind cut )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I have to say, I’ve got some respect for Prince Harry after reading that he wants (and will) serve with a combat unit in Iraq. He clearly doesn’t have to do so, so at least he's got some guts.

Changing tack, I keep being haunted by The Lives of Others. It is an amazing film and I’ll try to see it again before it leaves theaters, if I can.

Lengthy spoilery ramble on the movie )

I only rarely find reviews that really express what I feel, but I found one here. It’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Review behind cut )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
I have to say, I’ve got some respect for Prince Harry after reading that he wants (and will) serve with a combat unit in Iraq. He clearly doesn’t have to do so, so at least he's got some guts.

Changing tack, I keep being haunted by The Lives of Others. It is an amazing film and I’ll try to see it again before it leaves theaters, if I can.

Lengthy spoilery ramble on the movie )

I only rarely find reviews that really express what I feel, but I found one here. It’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Review behind cut )
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)
I’ve realized that of the movies I’ve seen in the theater this year, comparatively not that many (1/3) have been in English. This is not out of some form of snobbery because I just go see what interests me, but it is bizarre. Of course, in part this is because Last King of Scotland, The Queen etc. was showing, I was swamped. Hmm.

Here is the list of the movies I’ve seen in theater so far, in order from most fave to least. I have to note though that I thoroughly enjoyed every movie I’ve seen in a theater so far, with the possible exception of ‘The Namesake’ which is a rarity for me.

Movie list with explanations )

But this lop-sidedness shall be remedied as I am planning to see Spiderman 3 this weekend. So excited. Spiderman 2 is my favorite superhero movie ever (it would have been Batman Begins but Katie Holmes was atrocious).

Abd speaking of movies I am planning to see. Tomorrow, I plan to see the Dutch movie Black Book.

Black Book follows the story of a fictional Resistance fighter, Rachel Stein. Rachel is a Jewish woman in the Nazi-oppupied Holland who loses her whole family when they are betrayed trying to flee. Masquerading as a Gentile Ellis de Vries, she becomes a spy for the Dutch Reistance. On a personal mission to avenge her family's merciless murder, she becomes involved - at first duplicitously, then for real - with bigwig Ludwig who's that rarest of characters: a sympathetic Nazi. This shake-up of the usual war-movie rules also applies to the good guys, some of whom are as corrupt as the enemy.

It has excellent reviews and was in fact shortlisted for best foreign picture Oscar (it made it into the final 9 but not the final 5) but I’ve been hesitating for ages mainly because of the director. Veerhoven, the director of Showgirls, directing a movie about World War II? Dutch Resistance? Jews and Nazis? Ummmm…Visions of disaster danced in my head. And then also one of the main characters is a Gestapo guy who is not completely bad. OK. Seriously. As someone who is both Jewish and from Ukraine (when I was growing up, kids still played Partisans and Nazis), the very thought of Gestapo evokes anger. And fear. And a fair deal of hate. So I wasn’t sure I was up for it. I like my couples star-crossed but not when it’s because one half is a willing participant in a genocide to wipe the race of the other out of existence.

But apparently Veerhoven used to be a really acclaimed director before the Showgirls debacle (I remember when Showgirls came out I was in high school (am dating myself :D) and I lived in a very small conservative Southern town so no theater was going to be showing it. A bunch of guys from school piled in a van and drove to the nearest big city to watch it. LOL), and the reviews were uniformly excellent, and it turned out that the Nazi was played by Sebastian Koch who I just law and loved in The Lives of Others. And I do love Erich Maria Remarque’s awesome novel A Time to Live and a Time to Die about a German WWII solider home on leave. Though Gestapo is not the army whereto you get drafted and Veerhoven not Remarque. I really should do a post on Remarque. He is my favorite author. Three Comrades, about three WWI veterans in the falling apart Berlin of the early 30s, and the narrator Robert’s soul-saving, doomed love affair with the fragile mysterious Patrice (one of Remarque’s irresistable women) is my favorite book ever. I am going to do a post on it actually because once I start I’ll never stop. And I am madly in love with Arch of Triumph, the narrator of which is a Resistance fighter tortured by the Nazis and now a refugee in Paris before the war, who is tracking his torturer with intent to kill. In Remarque’s world, you find happiness only to lose it, but you are better for having had something than nothing at all. His heroes are wounded but strong and so are his women, and the world is bleak with some individual sparks of goodness (There are marvelous movie versions of Arch of Triumph (1948) and A time to live and a time to die (cheesily rechristened A time to love and a time to die, made sometime in the 50s) but the movie version of Three Comrades makes me want to kill something. And I wish there were movie versions of his other books. Interestingly, he was married to Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin’s ex. She had great taste in men ;) Anyway, that is a hell of a digression.

Back to Black Book. So I'll risk it and will go to watch it.

This review makes me at least hopeful.

Review of the Movie )
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)
I’ve realized that of the movies I’ve seen in the theater this year, comparatively not that many (1/3) have been in English. This is not out of some form of snobbery because I just go see what interests me, but it is bizarre. Of course, in part this is because Last King of Scotland, The Queen etc. was showing, I was swamped. Hmm.

Here is the list of the movies I’ve seen in theater so far, in order from most fave to least. I have to note though that I thoroughly enjoyed every movie I’ve seen in a theater so far, with the possible exception of ‘The Namesake’ which is a rarity for me.

Movie list with explanations )

But this lop-sidedness shall be remedied as I am planning to see Spiderman 3 this weekend. So excited. Spiderman 2 is my favorite superhero movie ever (it would have been Batman Begins but Katie Holmes was atrocious).

Abd speaking of movies I am planning to see. Tomorrow, I plan to see the Dutch movie Black Book.

Black Book follows the story of a fictional Resistance fighter, Rachel Stein. Rachel is a Jewish woman in the Nazi-oppupied Holland who loses her whole family when they are betrayed trying to flee. Masquerading as a Gentile Ellis de Vries, she becomes a spy for the Dutch Reistance. On a personal mission to avenge her family's merciless murder, she becomes involved - at first duplicitously, then for real - with bigwig Ludwig who's that rarest of characters: a sympathetic Nazi. This shake-up of the usual war-movie rules also applies to the good guys, some of whom are as corrupt as the enemy.

It has excellent reviews and was in fact shortlisted for best foreign picture Oscar (it made it into the final 9 but not the final 5) but I’ve been hesitating for ages mainly because of the director. Veerhoven, the director of Showgirls, directing a movie about World War II? Dutch Resistance? Jews and Nazis? Ummmm…Visions of disaster danced in my head. And then also one of the main characters is a Gestapo guy who is not completely bad. OK. Seriously. As someone who is both Jewish and from Ukraine (when I was growing up, kids still played Partisans and Nazis), the very thought of Gestapo evokes anger. And fear. And a fair deal of hate. So I wasn’t sure I was up for it. I like my couples star-crossed but not when it’s because one half is a willing participant in a genocide to wipe the race of the other out of existence.

But apparently Veerhoven used to be a really acclaimed director before the Showgirls debacle (I remember when Showgirls came out I was in high school (am dating myself :D) and I lived in a very small conservative Southern town so no theater was going to be showing it. A bunch of guys from school piled in a van and drove to the nearest big city to watch it. LOL), and the reviews were uniformly excellent, and it turned out that the Nazi was played by Sebastian Koch who I just law and loved in The Lives of Others. And I do love Erich Maria Remarque’s awesome novel A Time to Live and a Time to Die about a German WWII solider home on leave. Though Gestapo is not the army whereto you get drafted and Veerhoven not Remarque. I really should do a post on Remarque. He is my favorite author. Three Comrades, about three WWI veterans in the falling apart Berlin of the early 30s, and the narrator Robert’s soul-saving, doomed love affair with the fragile mysterious Patrice (one of Remarque’s irresistable women) is my favorite book ever. I am going to do a post on it actually because once I start I’ll never stop. And I am madly in love with Arch of Triumph, the narrator of which is a Resistance fighter tortured by the Nazis and now a refugee in Paris before the war, who is tracking his torturer with intent to kill. In Remarque’s world, you find happiness only to lose it, but you are better for having had something than nothing at all. His heroes are wounded but strong and so are his women, and the world is bleak with some individual sparks of goodness (There are marvelous movie versions of Arch of Triumph (1948) and A time to live and a time to die (cheesily rechristened A time to love and a time to die, made sometime in the 50s) but the movie version of Three Comrades makes me want to kill something. And I wish there were movie versions of his other books. Interestingly, he was married to Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin’s ex. She had great taste in men ;) Anyway, that is a hell of a digression.

Back to Black Book. So I'll risk it and will go to watch it.

This review makes me at least hopeful.

Review of the Movie )
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)
I’ve realized that of the movies I’ve seen in the theater this year, comparatively not that many (1/3) have been in English. This is not out of some form of snobbery because I just go see what interests me, but it is bizarre. Of course, in part this is because Last King of Scotland, The Queen etc. was showing, I was swamped. Hmm.

Here is the list of the movies I’ve seen in theater so far, in order from most fave to least. I have to note though that I thoroughly enjoyed every movie I’ve seen in a theater so far, with the possible exception of ‘The Namesake’ which is a rarity for me.

Movie list with explanations )

But this lop-sidedness shall be remedied as I am planning to see Spiderman 3 this weekend. So excited. Spiderman 2 is my favorite superhero movie ever (it would have been Batman Begins but Katie Holmes was atrocious).

Abd speaking of movies I am planning to see. Tomorrow, I plan to see the Dutch movie Black Book.

Black Book follows the story of a fictional Resistance fighter, Rachel Stein. Rachel is a Jewish woman in the Nazi-oppupied Holland who loses her whole family when they are betrayed trying to flee. Masquerading as a Gentile Ellis de Vries, she becomes a spy for the Dutch Reistance. On a personal mission to avenge her family's merciless murder, she becomes involved - at first duplicitously, then for real - with bigwig Ludwig who's that rarest of characters: a sympathetic Nazi. This shake-up of the usual war-movie rules also applies to the good guys, some of whom are as corrupt as the enemy.

It has excellent reviews and was in fact shortlisted for best foreign picture Oscar (it made it into the final 9 but not the final 5) but I’ve been hesitating for ages mainly because of the director. Veerhoven, the director of Showgirls, directing a movie about World War II? Dutch Resistance? Jews and Nazis? Ummmm…Visions of disaster danced in my head. And then also one of the main characters is a Gestapo guy who is not completely bad. OK. Seriously. As someone who is both Jewish and from Ukraine (when I was growing up, kids still played Partisans and Nazis), the very thought of Gestapo evokes anger. And fear. And a fair deal of hate. So I wasn’t sure I was up for it. I like my couples star-crossed but not when it’s because one half is a willing participant in a genocide to wipe the race of the other out of existence.

But apparently Veerhoven used to be a really acclaimed director before the Showgirls debacle (I remember when Showgirls came out I was in high school (am dating myself :D) and I lived in a very small conservative Southern town so no theater was going to be showing it. A bunch of guys from school piled in a van and drove to the nearest big city to watch it. LOL), and the reviews were uniformly excellent, and it turned out that the Nazi was played by Sebastian Koch who I just law and loved in The Lives of Others. And I do love Erich Maria Remarque’s awesome novel A Time to Live and a Time to Die about a German WWII solider home on leave. Though Gestapo is not the army whereto you get drafted and Veerhoven not Remarque. I really should do a post on Remarque. He is my favorite author. Three Comrades, about three WWI veterans in the falling apart Berlin of the early 30s, and the narrator Robert’s soul-saving, doomed love affair with the fragile mysterious Patrice (one of Remarque’s irresistable women) is my favorite book ever. I am going to do a post on it actually because once I start I’ll never stop. And I am madly in love with Arch of Triumph, the narrator of which is a Resistance fighter tortured by the Nazis and now a refugee in Paris before the war, who is tracking his torturer with intent to kill. In Remarque’s world, you find happiness only to lose it, but you are better for having had something than nothing at all. His heroes are wounded but strong and so are his women, and the world is bleak with some individual sparks of goodness (There are marvelous movie versions of Arch of Triumph (1948) and A time to live and a time to die (cheesily rechristened A time to love and a time to die, made sometime in the 50s) but the movie version of Three Comrades makes me want to kill something. And I wish there were movie versions of his other books. Interestingly, he was married to Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin’s ex. She had great taste in men ;) Anyway, that is a hell of a digression.

Back to Black Book. So I'll risk it and will go to watch it.

This review makes me at least hopeful.

Review of the Movie )

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