Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (3/25/12 - 3/31/12)

Senso (Luchino Visconti) ***1/2 - A married Italian countess falls hopelessly in love and has an affair with an Austrian officer during the Italian-Austrian war of unification. It starts out kind of a little too melodramatic but it gets better as the story unfolds. This is thanks to the great performances of Alida Valli and Farley Granger. The different twists, ambiguities and tragedies were beautifully paid off in the end. Not my favorite Visconti but it's still a pretty great, beautifully photographed entry.

Hahaha (Hong Sang-Soo) ** - I've been exploring Korean cinema as of late so I was really looking forward to this one. Two friends meet for drinks and catch up on their love lives. It's well-made and well-acted and there are a few amusing, really good moments but all in all, it's mediocre. The rather unusual structure of the film makes it a bit more interesting but I found the characters alternately irritating and dull so it was a bit of a chore to sit through. It reminds me of those subgenre of American indie dramedy films I already find annoying.

6 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Awesome round-up man. The premise to that Korean film actually sounds pretty good to me though but I'll take your word for it that it's a bit dull.

Mark said...

There is quite a bit of good Korean and just Asian cinema out there.

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Hmmmmm. Senso sounds like it's good as hell, but Hahaha, I dunno....

I mean, don't get it twisted - I LIKE the asian movie market. But Hahaha sounds a bit too...formulaic?

Yeah, formulaic.

WOODLOUSE said...

They do sound interesting.

John Doe said...

Never heard of these movies.. I should watch Senso. Thanks for rounding your week up.

[AguiLeon] said...

sound good, btw i follow