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What gives, sky? Have we done something to annoy you? Where are you getting all this rain from? Do us all a favour and give us back the sun for a bit, please.

Elsewhere, since I apparently have to wait until 2015 for another Avengers movie, and there might never be another Iron Man movie ever, I decided to have a trawl through back catalogues. I don't imagine that my luck will hold, but the maiden voyage struck gold. And I'm baffled. Why have I never heard of The Brothers Bloom? Why didn't it win every award going in 2008, and why does nobody ever talk about it? It's brilliant. I don't want to say too much, because I don't want to throw any spoilers around, but seriously, watch this film. The cast are terrific, the story is funny and affecting and clever, and probably all kinds of other things as well, and it's all put together beautifully. I don't understand why some things are big successes and other things aren't - and I'm not just saying that from the point of view of somebody with a love for bad TV and film. This isn't one of those sorts of movies.

Watch The Brothers Bloom. It's awesome. Unlike the weather at the moment.

We've had enough rain to be going on with, sky. Really. It's kind of you to offer more, but no. Thanks anyway.

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profshallowness
Oct. 27th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
<3 The Brothers Bloom.

I adored this movie when it first came out and treat myself to a rewatch every now and then. I was glad when a little wave of Mark Ruffalo love led other bits of fandom to it and maybe Rinko Kikuchi being in Pacific Rim has led others to it subsequently. (There's some more than decent fanfiction for it on Archive of our Own).

Reviewers (especially men, I think) prefer Rian Johnson's Brick and Looper to this, while I am of the reverse opinion. Oh, I admired the other two films, but this one moved me. As you say, all the elements come together. It's a film about con men as storytellers and so much more. Why the world couldn't be more Penelope-like and get swept up in it, I don't understand. Intellectually, I could listen to arguments about it being a tough one to market and seeming affected, except it's...really not. I don't think it got that much critical acclaim and so it didn't get much attention in general.

I do think that these days the great availability of films on DVD/Blu-Ray/for downloading and internet chatter and 'if you liked that, try this' signposting makes the good stuff less likely to be lost out, but sometimes timing, the way the distribution system etc work make films lose out on their window still.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 27th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yes. Whilst it's good to see a film gather some applause later due to the rental/buying market, it's not nearly as good as seeing it get that success in the cinema. My beloved Cutthroat Island has done extremely well in DVD sales, but the fact that it was such a flop at the cinema killed off swashbucklers until Pirates Of The Caribbean came along, as well as bankrupting a few people and damaging a fair few careers. Nothing compares to cinematic success.

I was so impressed by this film though. Such a tightly written story, and such a good cast. I was pleased to see Rachel Weisz playing such a fun character. It reminded me of how much I enjoyed watching her in The Mummy (the first one. The sequal is best forgotten). Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo were excellent, and Rinko Kikuchi (who I don't believe I have ever encountered before) was remarkable. Very pleased to have discovered it, even if it was five years late.
profshallowness
Oct. 30th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Kikuchi has a big part to play in Pacific Rim, which was the summer movie that fannish people took to their hearts the most this year. I first saw her in Babel, not a good film, but she was the best thing in it. I haven't seen her in anything Japanese.
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