Wednesday, 24 September 2008

stalker

okay, here we go. style : fast and rambling

so i decide to have a lazy day (until that is, i decide to go out on the bike), tucked up watching stalker.

i haven't seen this film since i was in my teens. something tells me i'm most likely to have seen it at the university film club as we favoured such things but i can't be sure. i'm certain had i seen it with others i'd recall talking about it so maybe i saw i rare showing on tv. i do remember thinking 'what the hell is this?' but that's about all

and maybe i associate with my university days because what a great film for us to have talked about. because watching it now it seems just so... adolescent! which is probably harsh but it just felt like such a boys film, well actually, let's face it it is a boys film, and i can just imagine my young peer group getting all earnest about it.

look at the references we'd say, but you can say that about the simpsons. but what about the philosophy we'd say - because (and it isn't necessarily a bad thing) the philosophy is easy enough for teenage boys to access. and we'd have got into the characters, oh yes we would, any one of the three of them. last of the mohicans ref? even better!

today i hated them all. what a bunch of wankers! how i wished there really was actually an alien beast there to kill them. which is pretty good characterisation in my book! lol (or it might be if you didn't have to include the wife in that. did i like that portrayal? er no i didn't) and i don't think young me noticed or even would've have liked that much all the cinematography going on. do i remember a film where faces were filmed better? not off the top of my head i don't. but the ending. i look at the wee girl and i think - don't you dare. what a cop out!

but did i like it? i live in a country where the x factor is one of the most popular programmes! so even with reservation i'm looking forward to sitting down to watch it again, tho this time without the many year hiatus. would i watch it before i;d watch the likes of terence malik? i'm unsure

what i would like to do is remake it. i couldn't watch it without the idea of beckett thumping around in my head. why not take some of those ideas and make a shorter scottish fanboy tribute version? now that sounds interesting....

2 comments:

strangepress said...

YEAH I DON'T KNOW. I HAVEN'T READ UP ON THE PHILOSOPHY AND I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT THE CINEMATOGRAPHY TOO MUCH BUT I REALLY RATE STALKER.

IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS, RIGHT? ONE OF THOSE SLOW, ENJOYABLE THINGS.

swiss said...

i think that's the thing and just that - it's a slow enjoyable thing