r/Letterboxd Film Club 037 - Stop-motion animation
Now you will see a film made for children, perhaps.
But I nearly forgot.
Close your eyes.
Leave logic at the door. Check sense and reason with the attendant in the cloakroom. Kick off your reality shoes and slip into a comfortable pair of nonsense slippers.
We're off to wonderland.
Jan Švankmajer and the art of tactile experimentation.
To me, Švankmajer's art is the middle ground between both Karel Zeman and…
"The history of film as an art is mainly a history of films that lose money."
Charles Eidsvik - Film Among The Arts 1978
PlayTime is art.
This film has a scale unlike any previous Tati film. Whereas there was some level of malleability and improvisation in earlier works, this is pure clean-cut Tati. An unfiltered, realised vision from an incredibly ambitious director. Every minute detail, every extra, every lampost, every paving slab is under Tati's control. For Jour de…
Out of all the Jackie Chan clones, I have to say this is one of the better ones. Although it's an obvious imitation of Drunken Master and Snake In the Eagle's Shadow, I think the choreography is really stellar; the hybrid style of monkey and drunken styles towards the end is really quite something.
The only things I know about Bruce Lee stem from his onscreen performances. Suave, smooth, elegant. This Criterion documentary showcases a more personal history of Bruce, through the eyes of his friend and mentor William Cheung. This isn't the definitive story of Bruce Lee the movie star, but it is the story of 'Little Dragon', that small Chinese boy who grew up to become a legend.
The Art Of Fighting Without Fighting.
This is the last real Bruce Lee movie, and for my money, it is easily his best. Enter The Dragon is not only the best Lee movie, but it's a perfect blend of effortlessly cool kung fu, blaxploitation, and espionage thriller; it's the face that launched a thousand exploitation movies. Bruce pops in every scene, the colours pop, and he pops Jackie Chan's neck out of place.