3 Films about Films

I love it; I love them; I love self-referential films.  One could say I’m obsessive about them. If it’s about movies, filmmaking, actors, acting, performing artists, directors, cameras, even, I will watch a film all the way to the end, no matter how wretched it might be.  No other genre gets a pass this way—my usual cut-off to quit watching is 6 minutes.  Is it because I’m so insecure that I need to see myself reflected in the films?  Yeah, I suppose.  No, wait, it’s because I’m such a connoisseur of art.  Yeah, that’s it.

 

 My rating system:

Michelle's film rating system

Orgasm~Laughed till I Peed~Picking My Nose Was More Interesting than Watching The Film~Vomit~Sleep Apnea~Transfixed

 

  1. [Rec] (2007)

    screaming horror kid
    This is what happens when you go into dark buildings

 

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.  Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza. Starring Manuela Velasco.

 

Cheating, cheating, cheating.  I know it.  Reporters—meh. But cameramen (camerapeople,) yes!  These be film peeps.screaming horror kid

 

Rating:  I did not see this film.  WTF is wrong with me?

 

 

  1. 2LDK (Japan, 2003)

2LDK box set

Don’t let the innocent schoolgirl outfit fool you

 

Nozomi (Eiko Koike, with 53 film roles to her credit, the latest being “Unforgiven,” a remake of Clint Eastwood’s film as a samurai story) and Lana (Maho Nonami, with 47 films in her oevre) two actresses, share an apartment in Tokyo.   They have both auditioned for the same role in a movie, and know that the shortlist has been cut down to just the two of them. As they wait the night before finding out who will get the role and battle over the same boyfriend, things escalate to horror and violence.

This flick won the Philadelphia Film Festival Jury Award in 2003.  Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi, who has directed 49 films, also won the Cowboy Award in 2007 at the Jackson Hole Film Festival for “Memories of Tomorrow.”

 Rating: I did not see this film.  I put it in my Netflix queue.  Sounds better than the Japanese sex comedy about sumo cockroaches that I saw Monday.

 

  1. 30 Days Till I’m Famous

hot chicks from the reality show 30 days till i'm famous

Reality is either hot chicks or Honey Boo Boo: no middle ground

 

Reality show about musical groups trying to make it to the top.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, the show iself flopped after the pilot.  Well, ain’t that just life?  Life.  Noun: That which sucks.  Derivation: Martian from livuzzh.

More cheating, you say?  No, I don’t think so.  Self-referential is intended to include all performing artists.  Maybe later I’ll get sick of including films about musicians.  There are so damn many of them—many quite bad—and they drink too much.  However, for the time being, I am including them in this list of movies about movies.  Suck it up—it’s MY list!

 

Rating: I did not see this TV series.  I hate reality TV anyway, and happened to be in the toilet while this was premiering.

 

More next week.  Tune in.

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