15-21 December 2008

December 21 2008 at 10:47 pm (The list)

Again, just the one film this week, but it’s nearly Christmas so there’s a lot of parties to attend and drinks to consume which gets in the way of film watching somewhat. Plus I’ve been spending much of my time watching the first two seasons of Lost.

 

time-code-poster01Timecode (2000)

Confusing and occasionally pretentious, Mike Figgis’ Timecode is nothing if not ambitious. Set in and around an LA film production company, a number of characters’ stories cross-cross, interweave and overlap. What sets it apart from the likes of Magnolia and Short Cuts is that the screen is split so that the viewer sees the same hour and a half from four different perspectives… at the same time. Not one to watch with a hangover, headache or under the influence of anything other than large doses of caffeine, the soundtrack fades in and out in order to focus on relevant bits of dialogue and action. To keep the viewer’s attention level up, there’s a lot of sex and drugs, with such clichéd characters as an alcoholic studio boss Alex (Stellan Skarsgård), a wannabe actress (Salma Hayek) and her jealous girlfriend (Jeanne Tripplehorn). Worth watching for the sheer audacity of its construction (a note at the end reveals that it was filmed in four continuous takes and that all actors improvised around a basic structure), it remains a flawed but interesting piece of innovative filmmaking.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

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