Jun 25, 2013

Passing manoeuvres of life


Soon the leaves will be gone and snows of winter will lay upon the small village deep in the Japanese mountains. But for the sad girl in the beautiful kimono, who sits quietly next to her old mother at the bus station, the coldest time of her life will begin tomorrow.

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May 29, 2013

Have you seen “You haven’t seen anything yet”?

A recent conflict I’ve had as a film critic and editor of a monthly cinema radio magazine was whether to discuss Alain Resnais’ latest and probably last movie “You haven’t seen anything yet” or not. Usually this is a no-brainer. Alain Resnais is an important director, someone who made some of the most daring movies I know. “Mon oncle d’Amerique” or “Je t’aime, je t’aime” are just two examples of this extraordinary eclectic body of work. Not to mention his must-see classics “Hiroshima mon amour” and “Last year at Marienbad”.
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Apr 10, 2013

Upstream Color and the Art of Curating a Tumblr

Shane Carruth’s second film Upstream Color is somewhat significant for a recent trend that moves away from telling manifest stories, where characters engage in cohesive and coherent action and instead relies on the viewers going on an emotional journey that carries them through the film. This concept of storytelling is actually something that has been common practice in high-budget blockbusters with their messy editing and their often illogical screenplays. Take Transformers, Michael Bay’s magnum opus, if you want to say so. Instead of using the principle of causality to guide its audience through the 2 ½ hour-long story, it uses the idea of the guide and puts Shia LaBeouf’s character right next to you, relying that you are going to take his hand and let him walk you through the story. Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2013

First thoughts on “The First Rasta”

MW here:

Being in Vienna on the Weekend I stumbled into a cozy little cinema, which presented on that day “The First Rasta”, a documentary made by French journalist Helene Lee.

The film goes all the way back to the roots of the Rasta-Movement and traces its origins to Leonard Howell, who “invented” what we call Rasta today long before Bob Marley could ever make a song about it. Mrs. Lee not only wants to tell his story, she also wants to reveal the background: Who influenced Howell? What was the situation in Jamaica? And how did he get the idea to worship Haile Selasse I.? Continue reading »

Jan 7, 2013

The Look: Desert Island Movies


Kamil Polak – The lost town of Switez (2011)
Transfiguring an epic 19th-century poem into an animated short while concentrating only on the pictures and using no language – this idea really got me.
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"Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul." - Ingmar Bergman

"I regard criticism as an art, and if in this country and in this age it is practiced with honesty, it is no more remunerative than the work of an avant-garde film artist. My dear anonymous letter writers, if you think it is so easy to be a critic, so difficult to be a poet or a painter or film experimenter, may I suggest you try both? You may discover why there are so few critics, so many poets." - Pauline Kael

"You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates." - Werner Herzog

"The last thing I want to know is whether you like it or not; the problems of writing are after that. I don’t think it has any importance; it’s one of those derelict appendages of criticism. Criticism has nothing to do with hierarchies." - Manny Farber

"The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed." - Stanley Kubrick

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