Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mamo #104: For a Compass, it's got a lousy sense of direction.

Alvin. ALVIN! AAALLLLLLVIIINNNNNNN! Good lord it's quiet out there, but there's more than enough to discuss in recent failures to make a show out of.


Blogger Vasta said...

Great show as usual guys. Good luck braving the snowstorm.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

As Toronto has been getting snowed under, I've been spending vacation time in sunny Florida at my wife's parent place. Down in the religious southern US, everyone that my wife's parents talked to warned them off of the Golden Compass because it's a "godless movie". My wife and I went on a Saturday night and the multiplex was absolutely packed, yet at first my wife and I were the only people in the large theatre for the Golden Compass. During the previous a few people showed up (did I Am Legend sell out?), but there was no more than say 10 people there. Maybe it might be because it's a bad movie, but it's not like it had a big opening with a quick drop from bad word of mouth. So even after New Line tried to remove references to God and other religious references as much as they could, I don't think it stopped the backlash because of the book. I mean it's not as if anyone complaining about how this movie is a "godless movie" has actually seen it, they are just going on the reputation of the book and what Philip Pullman has said in interviews.

As for great movies in 2007, the Ian Curtis biopic, Control just completely blew me away. However, I do realize I am completely biased with being a huge Joy Division fan.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

I'm with you Matthew, Control was pretty terrific and definitely one of the more memorable flicks of the year. (Although, I share your affliction so maybe I'm not the one to ask.)

I don't really feel like the religious backlash affected the Compass score, though. I'm with Matty Price: if it was brilliant, nobody woulda stayed away just because of Bill Donohue's insensate ravings.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous mikerot said...

I tend to agree about the B+ thing, with the except of the following:

Inland Empire
Silent Light (at TIFF)
No Country for Old Men

I thought these really raised the bar, particularly Inland Empire which I consider Lynch's best.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Proving Mamo's prophetic power once again, The Hobbit is on.

12:06 PM  

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