Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Films Layla wants to see

This week I'm going to give you a little look at some of the films that I am most looking forward to seeing. First up is the Matt Wolf documentary Teenage, based on the Jon Savage book Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture 1875-1945. While most insights into teenager-dom look into the later 20th examples, or versions shown in films (like Rebel Without a Cause), this one is different in focusing on the really early examples that came into play after the Child Labour Law came into play. Including dramatisations on key figures in the history of the teenager, it includes boy scouts, flappers and even the Hitler Youth. You can view the trailer here.

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus is a film about young adults going on a road trip to get a cactus in Chile. Maybe thats an oversimplification, but promising to go a bit deeper into the psyche of its characters, including Micheal Cera and Gaby Hoffmann, than the average drug fueled movie. With both posistive and negetive reviews so far, I'm going to keep my mind open on this one. Either way, I'm a sucker for bleached on desert scenes. You can see the trailer here.

A bit of a meta-film where a version of the director tries to woo a girl by making a film about her, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty asks the viewer 'How Would You Feel?' periodicly, as well as showing us the directors old short films in order to tell the tale of a film that took six years to make. An intreaging film, watch the trailer here.

Some people don't like Wes Anderson's highly stylistic technique. I am not one of those people. In the same way that Tarantino is interested in the aesthetics of violence, Anderson is interested in the aesthetics of nostalgia, even if that nostalgia is made up. The Grand Budapest Hotel contains all the familiar actors of Andersons other films, his characteristic directing style, and even an Egon Schiele painting... trailer is here.

This film has already become pretty infamous, even though it hasn't been released yet. A four hour long epic split into two parts, Nymph()manic promises to be more Story of The Eye than 50 Shades of Gray, and if you've ever seen a Lars von Trier film below (Idiots, anyone?) then you know what kind of film to expect. Trailer, if YouTube will allow you to watch it, is here.

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