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  1. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I see that this post is from last summer, but I can't agree more. There's a book out there of Kurosawa's painted storyboards for RAN also, which I really need to just buy some time.
  2. 24 FRAMES

    I finally put together what I hope are some more coherent thoughts on this film. I really look forward to seeing it again. Even if you don't read my post, I urge any Kiarostami fans to watch the video that I embedded. It's a Q&A between Ahmad Kiarostami (Abbas's son, who completed 24 FRAMES) and Godfrey Cheshire. It's Kiarostami gold, I assure you. Anyways, here's the link to my essay: https://fforfilms.net/2018/02/16/24-frames/
  3. 24 FRAMES

    That really speaks to the kind of film it is, doesn't it? It's more of a concept than a film in the traditional sense. I'm still thinking about whether I want to try to write up something more substantial about it. I don't know that I have the right tools at my disposal, but I think I'll try. There are already some interesting things written about it, some of which I have tweeted out links to, and including our own Melissa Tamminga's review.
  4. 24 FRAMES

    I got to see 24 FRAMES last night, unfortunately as I was drowsy from physical exhaustion. It's definitely food for thought, and a fascinating new variation on themes that Kiarostami has explored on very different ways before in his career. My initial notes towards a coherent thought on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/magadizer/film/24-frames-2017/
  5. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    It occured to me that the complaints about Luke's character in this film (which I don't recall hearing after TFA) really have to be laid at the feet of the conclusion of TFA in the first place. There had to be a plausible reason for Luke going into hiding, and we already knew that it was connected to his failure in training Ben Solo. That was the scenario that had to be resolved in this film. Besides the fact that if you criticize Luke's character for this action, you have to be just as upset at Obi Wan and Yoda for doing almost the exact same thing after the old Jedi order was destroyed.
  6. I really enjoyed the introductory essays that tied together thoughts about the entire list. I look forward to seeing the ones on the list that I have not yet had a chance to view. Thanks for letting me contribute, too.
  7. Film Club Oct - Nov 2017 - High and Low

    HIGH AND LOW is one of my favorite Kurosawas as well. It's a master class in directing, script, and in acting, particularly from Mifune and Nakadai. If you only know those two from Samurai pictures, this will greatly expand your understanding of their achievement as film actors.
  8. I can write about THE TRIAL if you like.
  9. Second the Long Goodbye and The Insider.
  10. I think Orson Welles's THE TRIAL should be on this list. After the narrated prologue, it begins with the shot of Anthony Perkins waking up in his bed, to find the police in his room, . The film is of course not a realistic story, and the irony is that though K has woken up, it is clearly a nightmare unfolding over the course of the film. The surreal narrative dream-logic pursues a vision of the absurdity inherent in bureaucracies, and ultimately the cruel and pitiless violence of the police state. These are themes very much needing to be awoken to, but in this poetic, labyrinthine exploration, are somehow made more present than a more straightforward story might do.
  11. Title: The TrialDirector: Orson WellesYear: 1962Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057427/YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMYLink to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/25906-the-trial/
  12. Title: The TravelerDirector: Abbas KiarostamiYear: 1974Language: FarsiIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071859/YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98sDY2opnjk (Complete film)Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):Could not find one
  13. Silence (2016)

    I finally finished writing a few thoughts on the film. It's both easy to keep talking about it and hard to say what I am thinking. It's a challenging film and one that now already means a great deal to me. https://fforfilms.net/2017/01/17/silence-epiphany-and-the-credo/