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  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke


    "We cannot change our fate. But we can rise to meet it."

    I don't think I've seen this since I first watched it soon after its release, on a fansubbed VHS tape rented from a very unscrupulous anime shop that used to exist in Milwaukee that had a wall of very interesting products that all had the disclaimer "Not to be used for commercial purposes" at the beginning of their run times. Sorry, anime clubs, but I ended up having…

  • Skyscraper



    Old facades must pass away
    Like the horse, they’ve had their day

    And now a lot of people are sad that those old facades got torn down. Yesterday’s modern is today’s old junk.

    Fun watching this as a comic book fan knowing that DC Comics used to bear the Mark of the Beast by being housed in this building at 666 Fifth Avenue. There’s a really funny mock letter column in an issue of Son of Ambush Bug that riffs…

  • A Moment in Love

    A Moment in Love


    Norman Lloyd and the Barrons are no Art of Noise, but they do a pretty good job. Some lovely images here of people dressed in white dancing over various backgrounds, including a lot of playful image manipulation with some very abstract use of reflections in water.

    [Expires from FilmStruck on March 23rd.]

  • In Paris Parks

    In Paris Parks


    A snapshot of a different time with people at play who weren’t so different from us, backed by a ghostly carnival tune that you can read as ironic or sincere or both at the same time. I think it’s cute. At one point there’s a merry-go-round scene that started to make me legitimately dizzy, with some really intense drumming behind it that caught my attention at first. Another part with children watching a Punch and Judy show is also a highlight.

    Are there still zoos in Paris that let children directly feed bread to bears?

    [Expires from FilmStruck on March 23rd.]

  • Dance in the Sun

    Dance in the Sun


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I was not expecting the swerve of the cut from studio performance to a literal dance in the sun. Good one, Shirley Clarke. Otherwise, I'm not hugely into male bodies or modern dance like she was.

    [Expires from FilmStruck on March 23rd.]

  • Christopher and Me

    Christopher and Me


    “Can I play with you? Hmm?”
    “No! Christopher and me! We’ve got work to do!”

    “Look, Christopher, look! It’s the Whisper!”

    “You’ve got the wind now, boys! Let’s get going, please!”

    OK, so this amuses me for reasons that not a lot of other people are going to be able to get in on, actually being named Christopher. Except the joke is that I don’t actually identify with that name very much, even though I was assigned Christopher at birth,…

  • There's Only One Sun

    There's Only One Sun


    "It's hard to look at things directly... Sometimes we need to see things through a screen."

    This is pretty cool-- an episode out of Chungking Express/Fallen Angels, with the sci-fi trappings that WKW ultimately didn't use in 2046.

  • The Tomb of Ligeia

    The Tomb of Ligeia


    "Man need not kneel before the angels, nor lie in death forever-- save for the weakness of his feeble will."

    Vincent Price as the hard-nosed rebel who refuses to knuckle under to death. Yeah, my genre fave Re-Animator had a really clear model to follow, didn't it? (The makers have admitted as much, that they were trying to do Lovecraft the same way Corman did Poe.) Some great talent behind the scenes making Roger Corman look good on these Poe…

  • The Wearing of the Grin

    The Wearing of the Grin


    "We must hide the pot of gold, we must, we must."

    I forgot how much I enjoyed watching these cartoons as a kid, just like I forgot as I always do about the existence of the National Day of Drinking until I saw people streaming in and out of bars yesterday. Watching this and I'm back in four year old headspace. The leprechaun starts walking right off his pants and another little guy comes popping out of the bottom of them. Yep, that makes total sense.

    PS : Leprechauns still exist. We just call them the Easter Bunny now...

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049


    From here:

    The babies thing is like the zombies getting smart in Land of the Dead. Proof that a dehumanized people are human. The is-he-or-isn't-he thing with Deckard is from Ridley Scott being too dumb to understand his own script, though. If you remember from the Dick novel, that doubt gets entertained in the source material, but to have it be that big of an unsettled question would undermine his whole point about empathy making someone human. (And yeah, somehow…

  • Possibly in Michigan

    Possibly in Michigan


    I reminded myself that this existed, so I watched it again. I'm glad that this was a Letterboxd fad. I'd seen Cecilia Condit's films play around town for years (because she taught at my alma mater for a long time) without ever knowing about her fun ones! When I went to her retirement film festival at UWM last year, there was a chorus on stage before the show that performed a couple numbers, including the song in this video. They…

  • Butterfly



    Currently feeling bummed for reasons that don't have remotely as much to do with this film as they do with The Collector and my own past actions. (It's OK, any violence done to anyone involved was purely metaphorical. See Possibly in Michigan for further reference. Also Black Christmas, but again...)

    Shirley Clarke was far more brilliant than the vast majority of her male contemporaries, and her reward was what, exactly? I know, at least she got to make these films.