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Goodbye to Language 3D
About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
Who shot this thing, Dick Poop? (Spoiler alert)
I'll be here all... well, forever, I'm never shutting down my account.
No rating because I don't how I feel about the movie. Or any movie. Or feelings.
If you rearrange the letters in "Godard" you can spell "rad dog."
"You know, a town with money's a little like a mule with a spinning wheel. Nobody knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it!" -- Lyle Lanley
I simply don't feel I have the cultural capital to even begin to really decode this, but I think it's suggesting that words and pictures may no longer be sufficient to make sense of the world around us, that things have mutated so much that we're sort of like a dog trying to interpret humans. We need to learn new tricks. Could be pulling that out of my ass, though.
In any case I was frequently and literally stunned by this, disoriented moment to moment, and it was exhilarating.
“soon, people will need interpreters to understand the words coming out of their own mouths.”
you can say that again.
if ever stars were meaningless... easily the most fascinating and hostile use of 3D i've ever seen in a feature, puts image in direct conflict with meaning, encouraging viewers to see what we don't see. that often translates into watching a man fondling a naked woman's ass as he takes a massive liquid shit. in 3D.
the split-image stuff makes for some of the most sublime moments i've had at the movies this year – as your eyes cross and then individually close, you can practically feel the synapses latching onto each other in your brain.
can't claim to have…
A total cinema
By the extremity of reality
Seen through a dog's gaze.
The new Frankenstein
Breaks free from kamera.
Preliminary scattered thoughts at The Film Stage. Theoretically, this is the miracle that answers the dilemma of Historie(s) Du Cinema: Cinema as document vs. Cinema as art. Arnheim's Total Cinema and Bazin's Total Realism have long stood opposite for each other. Through the use of 3D flip cams, Godard proposes that a Total Cinema is simply a Total Realism. In essence, this is a film that introduces us to the image without language or metaphor. It is instead the image of pure reality, and thus pure freedom.
Cat videos are for hacks. Dog videos are for auteurs.
I'm glad that I didn't see this in 3D as it appears to be conceived solely as a means to induce migraines in its audience even in two dimensions.
supposedly this had a story..it doesn't matter really The point of the movie is about fucking with your visual processing and it does just that....
Basically five stars for the dog, two stars for the naked couple, and three and a half to four stars for everything else.
In writing up this review I am reminded of a reprimand I received from a friend when I skipped out on James Cameron's Avatar in theaters, opting to wait for a home video release. "Well then you haven't really seen it," he said. By his logic, having not seen it in a theater and in 3D meant that I hadn't seen it as it was intended to be seen, and thus my criticisms were all invalid.
I am reminded of that after having seen Goodbye To Language 3D on Netflix, because for perhaps the first time I agree that by not seeing it as it was intended I missed out on the filmmaker's intention, which in this case is mind-breaking…
Goodbye to Language [1.5/4]
-This movie should have acted on its title. This should have been pure cinema; just image and sound, no dialogue or acting or narration or characters. The most narrative this movie should have had was that of the dog wandering around in the forest. Combine that with the brief shots of civilization and there's your movie. Cut it down to 30 minutes +/–. Because those shots and scenes work. The shots of the dog walking through a forest where the colors shake and have a brightness and vividness impossible in nature, as well as shots of people walking down snowy sidewalks under pale lighting or people waiting around in lines as their shirts shine almost too…
Gonna give Godard the benefit of the doubt and add an extra 1/2 star on there. Sadly, did not have a chance to see this in 3D like it was intended. Even so, it's an incredibly dense collage of layered images, sounds and ideas. There's a lot to unpack. Won't even pretend like this didn't go over my head. This seriously put me through my paces, and I will be rewatching it in the very near future.
All that said, I found it completly engaging from start to finish.
Makes Tree of Life look like a blockbuster
Also was this filmed on a Nokia
After making the nearly unwatchable Film Socialisme, Jean-Luc Godard bounces back in spectacular fashion with this visually gorgeous film. The cinematography will leave you breathless.
Utilizes cinematic language (which Godard presents shorthand, with no rosetta stone of any kind embedded herein) to structure sequences of images and loose bits of narrative information in a gradual accumulation that supports the fond farewell of the title. Deals in thematic material similar to Certified Copy and The Master, but with a nearly complete lack of interest in conventional narrative form (it has its moments).
Coming from the man who once famously claimed cinema to be the truth at 24 frames per second, this is an impassioned inquiry and refutation of that idea. If what we as an audience glean from a shot of two empty chairs and a static-tuned television is that there is a couple who once…
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