Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
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.
As physically uncomfortable as this film is to look at/listen to -- the sound design is as jarring as any imagery, and then there's all the shitting -- I have to respect how over Godard seems to be of any prevailing political or social ideology. That's pretty much the only way this resembles the backhanded label of a "mature" film. The ugly subversion of 3D technology is interesting, although I don't find it nearly as stunning as many critics have. The biggest cliche present here might be the old misanthropic habit of only having sympathy for the dog.
This movie is at war with the audience.
I hope future filmmakers take cues from this movie to make a terrifying horror movie. The sound mixing was even more interesting to me than the 3D.
This is really what I look for in a film... a true cinematic, body altering experience... a movie that is not seen, it is felt
Only 3 points:
1. I enjoyed that 30 second of Metropolis being played on TV in the background more than this whole movie.
2. If this is one of the best achievements in 3D, then 3D technology has a lot of room for improvement.
3. In the overlapped scenes where the two camera's viewpoints diverges, you have the option to close one of your eyes and see the scene from one camra's point of view. This was the only engaging of the movie for me.
I've scoffed at Godard's soi-disant radicalism before, but there's something about, y'know, actually seeing a movie within the context it's addressing that really emphasises the enormity of what's going on. Not too keen on this genre? Close an eye, try another! Sick of the male gaze? Shut that lid, look to wangward! Not entirely on-board with everything that's going on here, but happy to hold my hand up high and call myself a convert.
An experimental film that is certainly interesting (in the good way) and where a dog has a solid shout of being the lead character.
This one will take multiple viewings to unwrap and fully comprehend, but fair play to Godard for still trying new ideas well into his 80s.
Sure, the visuals are original and revolutionary (although I hated them), but aside that, the movie is just a pointless, caothic and boring compendium of indecipherable monologues. Still, I have to admit that Godard fulfied his main purpose of inventing a new language on film through its visuals and that Goodbye to Language is unlike anything I have ever seen.
I was nodding off here and there towards the middle but was always awoken by one of the film's many rhythm destroying jolts. I got lost. My first viewing was more like a slow sink into awe, but this time my tether dissolved and the film became like a lucid dream.
This particular film given to somatic vision elicits a very different response from that of a standard narrative feature. In the latter case, for me, characters and plot points will blur and I'll think something different led up to the moment that I'm now half-witnessing. This time, with no plot (maybe there's one) and diegesis only of physical nature, the images before me became like people and places in…
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