Yesterday we started to watch “Danger Man”, the series that supposedly preceeded “Prisoner” and whose main character John Drake would be the nameless (but numbered) prisoner of that series. “Danger Man” started in 1960, is (of course) shot in black and white and appears to be that kind of James Bond or Avengers kind of series with secret agents and dangerous plots. The atmosphere, humour and acting reminds a lot of “Prisoner”, but “Danger Man” is more ‘normal’. All to be expected of course and the first two episodes where surely not disappointing.
What is disappointing is that I did not know that there were actually two series of “Danger Man” and I got myself the second…!! Starting in 1960 with three series and 39 half hour episodes, after three years of silence another four series started in 1964 with 50 minute episodes and these are the series that I got. Moreover, the series are in a different order on my DVDs than the broadcast list of IMdb…
Yesterday we started with the second series of “Carnivale”. Three years ago we watched the first series and judging my review of the time implies that I found the series alright. That changed in a positive way, since I loved these first series that we rewatched before starting with the second. The first two episodes of the second series are even better! The opening episode (“Los Moscos”) answers quite a few answers that were raised in the first series, so much even that I almost wonder what the rest of the series will bring. Very promising!
I just read that the filmfestival of Venice will open with “Black Swan”, a new film of Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky is growing into one of my favourite directors, so I cannot wait to see his latest film.
Last weekend we watched The Matrix trilogy, that has been a while. I still love part one. Most of the special effects, etc. still look amazing, but it is especially the story and atmosphere that make this film a classic. Part 2 and 3 are less and less ‘Matrix’, especially the last part mostly plays in the real world. Also I am not too fond of the spectacle shoot-out scenes and the Wachowski’s have some way too long philosopical monologues in their script. Actually the trilogy follows a descending line, but part one gave enough credit to make a more than average result. Besides, the other two parts have some great scenes and I love agent Smith!
Yesterday we started with “Carnivale“. I saw parts of these first series in 2003 or 2004 when these were shown on Dutch TV, in 2007 we rented the first series and about a year ago, my girlfriend ran into the second series for a reasonable price. Before watching the second series, I wanted to watch the first series again, but that box is a lot more expensive for some reason. In any case, the first two episodes are great! When half an hour away a neighbour was at the front door, because the mailman had given him three packages that were for us, one of the them contained “Danger Man”, which will be the next series to watch. I cannot wait for that, but first two seasons of “Carnivale”. I hope these series will remain as good as they start. My review of a few years ago was somewhat critical.
Now with the X-Files finished I planned to watch the whole of Carnivale. 2.5 Years ago we watched the first series. Much later my girlfriend ran into a cheap box with the second, but I want to watch the first series again first. That box proves to be much more expensive! When I get it, we will start over with these great series.
Also in the way is Danger Man, the series that came for (and was cut-off because) The Prisoner. Also not a cheap thing to get and there seem to be very different versions of it.
Yesterday saw a preview of the new Jean-Pierre Jeunet “Micmacs à tire-larigot” and it looked sublime! It seems as weird and good as his masterpiece “Delicatessen“!! The film seems to be touring filmfestivals currently, but I hope it will hit the cinemas soon.
Yesterday we watched the magnificent “Memento” again, I love that film. I saw it in the cinema when it came out and I have seen it several times since, but it had been a while. The superb script keeps making my jaw drop. Brilliant how in a backwards story the characters develop in a linear way. Also it seems that I never consciously noticed that the opening scene shows the idea of the film. Should you have seen it some time back: just rewatch it some time.
Yes it is silent in this section. There are more important things to do than watching films! But what does not really help either is that my girlfriend sometimes comes home with films that I do not feel like reviewing here. Two 007’s for example (funny that in The Man With The Golden Gun two actors from The Wicker Man have significant parts) and yesterday we watched the magnificent La Cite des Enfents Perdus (City Of Lost Children), because we did not feel like getting a new film from the videostore. The good news is that there are new book- and musicreviews.
Yesterday we re(rerere)watched one of my favourite films: “Pi” by Darren Aronovsky. “Pi” is about a mathematician and combines ancient (number) theories with Kabbalistic ideas, “glitch” music, great camera-work with epileptic scenes. There are but a few directors who are really able to use the power of music to set an atmosphere. However the music in “Pi” is almost always the same, Aronovsky has really incorporated that track into his film. I think that when I think about it, my favourite films are all films in which music is used well. Filming style works too, an atmosphere has to be set somehow. Film and music can amplify eachother when used well. A film gets better with a good choice and use of music and music that is used in a good film, gets an extra layer. “Pi” is one of those films that perfectly mixes different elements to a film that does not appeal for the larger audience, but is brilliant for a viewer like myself.