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  • Favorite movies
    Some random current favs: Passion of Joan of Arc, Sunrise, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Rublev, The Decalogue, Veronika Voss, Dead Ringers, Faces, Diary of a Country Priest, The Wind Will Carry Us, Blue, Spirited Away, Ran, Tokyo Story, Hana-Bi...
  • Favorite music
    Leonard Cohen, Pavement, Built to Spill, Nick Drake, New Order, Otomo Yoshihide, Steve Reich, John Coltrane, Magnetic Fields, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Eric Dolphy, Low, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fennesz, Velvet Undergound, etc
  • Favorite creative writing
    Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Thomas Bernhard, William Gaddis, Grahm Greene, Annie Dillard, TS Eliot, Thomas Pynchon, David Marskon, Marcel Proust, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Samuel Beckett...
  1. jord

    Water

    I have seen the first two films of the trilogy but have sadly not been able to catch Water yet. I thought Fire was a very subtle and touching portrait of a lesbian relationship. Very simple, yet very effective. I actually had to write an essay on Earth for a class on Indian history, and was very moved by it. Mehta is unflinching in showing the unbearable suffering and violence of one of the most devastating events in Indian (and human) history. The movie is filled with rich colours and beautiful cinematography that only make the suffering portrayed more unbearable. At times the sheer weight of the subject matter threatens to overwhelm the narrative, but Mehta does an admirable job of hanging on. As a sidenote, there is a fitting cameo for Bapsi Sidhwa, the author of Cracking India, at the end. I'm hoping that Water will be a fitting end to her trilogy.
  2. Currently and recently: Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse The Castle - Franz Kafka Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino Selected Poems - Paul Celan The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief - James Wood Poor Things - Alasdair Gray
  3. This is very sad, she was a great writer.
  4. This will probably shift around quite a bit... 1. Cache 2. 2046 3. Broken Flowers 4. 3-Iron 5. A History of Violence 6. Grizzly Man 7. Takeshis' 8. Yes 9. Nobody Knows 10. Downfall
  5. off the top of my head... The Brown Bunny 2046 9 Songs A History of Violence Yes Broken Flowers
  6. ha, yeah, that episode just kept on getting better and better until reaching untold levels of Arrested Development greatness. I love how the Tobias hair-plants thing is taking a really dark turn as well. Can't wait for next week.
  7. I can't say I agree with the idea that Altman's work can be written off as misogynistic. I suppose some of his lesser works tend to lean on stereotypes a bit too much, but I think this is the exception rather than the rule (if indeed it's true at all). He certainly makes a point of revealing the sexist nature of modern society, but I don't think he reinforces this structure at all. McCabe & Mrs. Miller is one of the most subversive films I've seen about gender relations. I agree wholeheartedly, however, that Renoir is a greater director than Altman, but then there are not many directors that do not pale next to good ol' Jean. Good call on Rules of the Game. And if forced to choose I will cite Playtime as my favoutie movie of all time, so I heartily endorse that pick as well, heh.
  8. I have to say that the Kar Wai segment was by far the best of the three. As far as I'm concerned it's up there with his best work, which for me is saying a lot, as I love basically everything he does. The Antonioni segment was pretty awful, but it did have its brief moments. Speaking of Antonioni in general, he is definitely one of my favourite directors. L'Avventura will always be my favourite film of his, it has such an immersive atmosphere that I was left feeling completly drained the first time I saw it. I'm upset I missed The Passenger on its way through Vancouver...
  9. Yeah, I usually have trouble really connecting with films that rely on familiarity with many different characters or subplots. There are of course talented directors like Altman that can pull this off from time to time, but they are few and far between. The complicated movies I find myself drawn to are the ones that make a clear grasp of the characters and subplots secondary to an identification with the themes and tone of the move. A great example of a recent film that is deceptively simple and very minamilist is Kim Ki-Duk's 3-Iron. I don't think the main character says a single word the whole movie, and yet I found it to be an incredibly nuanced film that rewards repeated viewings.
  10. Just a couple off the top of my head... Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is one of the more honest and uncompromising romance-themed films I have seen. It deals with themes of racism, interracial relationships, and age difference (the featured couple is composed of an older German woman and a much younger immigrant man). Although this may not sound like an ideal setup for a typical romance, Fassbinder handles the erotocism beautifully and doesn't flinch away from sadness and pain, which only makes the love seem that much more palpable. Another uncompromising romance is David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls. I can't do justice to it with a little blurb, but suffice it to say that it is an entirely heartfelt and honest look at the awkwardness of love. And yes, I cried.
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    The Tree of Wooden Clogs

    I've always wanted to see this movie. I've heard so many people say it's one of Ermanno Olmi's best, and yet I've never gotten around to seeing it. I've seen Il Posto and I Fidanzati though, which were both amazing, touching films that immediately made me want to see as many Olmi films as possible. I look forward to hearing your impressions...
  12. By the way, has anyone read Ray Carney's book on Capra American Vision? I don't always agree with Carney, but he really has some great insights on Capra that reveal him to be much more than a one-dimensional "flag-waiver." There's an excerpt here on It's a Wonderful Life. edit: I just noticed that Doug C mentioned Peter Watkins' La Commune, which is one of the most powerful politically themed movies I've ever seen. In fact, all of Watkins' work is brilliant...Punishment Park (available on a beautiful dvd from Masters of Cinema) is another one that would fit very well with the theme of this thread. You can go here to get a better sense of his challenging social and political ideas.
  13. I've seen quite a few, and of the ones I've seen I don't think you they are intended to advance any sort of communist agenda. A lot of the films associated with the Hollywood Ten are subversive, but more because they subtly attack all aspects of the "american dream" than because of any communsit enthusiasm. The best noir from that era painted such a delicously bleak view of society that finding hope in communism or any other system seems a bit of a stretch. Edward Dmytryk is an amazing director, and as much as I would have liked to see him defy the bastards at HUAC, I'm glad he returned as "friendly" witness to make more movies in '51. Some of my favourite noir was connected with the Hollywood Ten in some way: The Naked City Cloak and Dagger Crossfire Murder, My Sweey
  14. I'm not sure if this should go in the film or television section, but I'm so happy that Shaw cable has picked up Turner Classic Movies here in the great white north. I would always look longingly at their lineup, and now I too can watch silent films on my humble television! For interested parties this month I think they're showing King Kong, The Big Sleep, and next month we get Wings of Desire, The Red Shoes, and La Dolce Vita to name a few.
  15. Yeah, I was quite pleased to see that. Anything that helps remove the stereotype that comics cannot be literary is a good thing in my book. Maybe next time they do this list they'll include something like Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, which made their top 10 graphic novels list here. And those posters are amazing enough to significantly raise my expectations for the movie.
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