Into the woods
Driven to the edge of the world
Abandoning a land of promise.
Animals frozen by nature
Cut to the bone.
Revisionist Western? Elemental form? Who knows, but entirely watchable simply because Arslan doesn’t waste images. Parallels to Dead Man for its pretty badass low key rock score and Meek’s Cutoff's narrative are bound to be made, but Arslan’s story is less minimalist and more direct, which might sound like a bad thing, but it instead plays to…
On a self portrait of illness.
Celebrating and mourning
Life's bitter vegetables.
Confessional, exasperating, constantly reinventing itself. It's work like this that will drive me to watch more avant-garde cinema. Discussed with Nellie Killian on the latest podcast. Lumped them all together, but we discussed the following works:
Reel 23: A Breakdown and After the Mental Hospital (1982)
Reel 31: Niagara Falls (1983)
Reel 80: Emily Died (1994)
Reel 81: Mourning Emily (1995).
Into middle class nightmare.
Of a minor order.
Won't add much here, because Clark is a talented director and his control here is clear, but I find a lot of it in the service of either a provocative surface but not entirely too much depth (Solondz-lite). Thus, I'll highlight one scene where his form and content find beautiful symmetry. Suzanne and Fantasia sit down for shots of whiskey, and Suzanne asks her new friend to recount…
"Reparations must be made."
The proclivities of white folk
A bizarre world
Of drinking and dumplings.
The bellhop laughs.
One shot: the big reveal of Oldboy's final twist is presented, and Joe screams out in pain. Lee dollies backwards, so far to reveal the stage light in the foreground. "That's entertainment!" you can basically hear him gleefully yelp as he slaps his knee. The weirdest melding of auteur and material, Lee shoots the hell out of it with 16mm, elongated…
Frankly not my cup of wine, set off from the opening credits sequence. Almost turned off after 15 minutes, but certain lines ("Oh we do have D batteries!") did have me think there was a more interesting or funny movie here. But the characterizations are too broad, and every problem is pushed to 11 by default of the situation—justified, but only occasionally made funny by a clever line. It's all a bit too familiar (the geek paranoid guy is a…
Told by pimps and porn stars
Connected by media
Pandora's Ice Cream Truck.
Revisited this for my thesis on apocalyptic narratives and film noir. This film currently takes up an entire chapter. Since I finished my draft tonight, here's a small excerpt from that:
If we can identify a discourse that Kelly appears to be working through, I would argue his main point is saturation. Like the way low culture overtakes high culture in Kiss Me…
Reflections passing by
On a strange ship of time.
Excerpts as document
Toward a quiet city.
Green light fades.
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Second viewing, small rating drop, but stand what I wrote about here. The only drop was the failure of the novelty idea which I'm struggling with ie. I knew what images were and so they weren't as awe-inspiring, and I also recognized the behind the scenes structure…