Celine Sciamma’s coming-of-age film shares DNA with 400 Blows but not just bc it’s French but bc of a lead whose future is cut off by the powers-that-be and the subsequent journey of trying on different alternate futures/personas. What will become of Marieme? No answers but we know where she’s not. One of those subtle films that tells you more than you think while watching. Great central performance by Karidja Touré, great use of Rihanna’s Diamonds.
Sleeping Dogs 1977
Sleeping Dogs - Roger Donaldson’s 1977 debut film, one of Sam Neill’s first roles too, it’s a NZ thriller set in a fascist future, where Neill absolutely positively does not want to take sides. Welp, that doesn’t work out well. Shot in that choppy, elliptical way on many a low budg 70’s film where yr sure a couple of helpful scenes just didn't get shot in time. Also Warren Oates turns up! And a cute dog gets left on an island and i hope he did okay. Maybe he’s now the ruler of the island!
Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication 1976
12-hour long episodes from Godard, continuing the investigation into work, media, revolution, and more.
1a - THERE IS NOBODY: Sure, Marxists, you might talk about the workers, but have you met any? Here Godard sits behind a desk and talks to people who have come for a “job interview,” which turns out to be an interview about work instead. At first we see a variety of people—Godard is only visible as a bit of a torso and a hand reaching…
The second Western-released film from Ki-heyong Park after Whispering Corridors, a variation on the Bad Seed tale. I felt sorry for the kid (Oh-bin Mun) throughout, so was never "scared". Instead the family are either cold, like the parents, or mean, like the grandmother, making this an unpleasant tedious watch. Kiyoshi Kurosawa made a tree uncanny in "Charisma," here it's just silly. And there's plenty done just for effect's sake.