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Post by Macrology » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:11 am

This is a nice piece (its intertextual connections are on point), but its ideas about feminism strike me as naive, particularly its suggestion that a feminist work needs to adopt a female perspective, that provoking one to consider feminist themes is somehow not enough. Lots of landmark feminist films, even some of the best, prefer female ciphers to psychological investigation. It also steps into the critical pitfall of asking, "What if this film were an entirely different film?" And I think the ambivalence of the ending -- is her new situation any better? -- is arguably part of the point.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:16 pm

"The cinephilia-industrial complex"

Wait, whuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut?
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Post by mystery meat » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:46 pm

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Post by Philosophe rouge » Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:23 am

Of all the offenders to pick on Labuza is the most harmless, then again, maybe that's why he's such a good target? IDK I am not fancy.

This is one of my favourite pieces I've written:

https://www.fandor.com/keyframe/joan-di ... -hollywood
Everything around me is evaporating. My whole life, my memories, my imagination and its contents, my personality - it's all evaporating. I continuously feel that I was someone else, that I felt something else, that I thought something else. What I'm attending here is a show with another set. And the show I'm attending is myself. Fernando Pessoa

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Post by Shieldmaiden » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:08 pm

Philosophe rouge wrote:This is one of my favourite pieces I've written:

https://www.fandor.com/keyframe/joan-di ... -hollywood
Loved this! <3
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Post by Captain Oats » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:31 pm

Had some brief time with Hirokazu Kore-eda to discuss his new film, Our Little Sister: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/film/intervi ... tle-sister
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Post by Fist » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:09 pm

Labuza is pretty intolerable. And Rio Bravado is a pretty good blog name i dunno
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Post by Captain Oats » Wed May 04, 2016 5:18 pm

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Here's my two Little White Lies pieces from the IndieLisboa festival in Portugal:

http://lwlies.com/festivals/olmo-and-th ... dielisboa/
http://lwlies.com/articles/five-best-fi ... sboa-2016/
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Post by Beau » Sat May 21, 2016 11:52 pm

http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/arti ... co-sanctis

A piece I wrote for The House Next Door on a recent Argentine movie shown at Cannes. I recommend you all see it. Imagine 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, with a little Invasión thrown in for good measure. The movie's set during Argentina's last military dictatorship, but it's really about someone's dictatorship of the mind.
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Post by Macrology » Sun May 29, 2016 2:33 am

Has anyone else read Catherine Benamou's exhaustively comprehensive account of the failed production of It's All True and its effects on Latin American culture and film culture? I read it a little while back after watching the documentary and it's very informative -- almost to a fault. But if anyone had any questions about the film, it answers just about all of them (or at least offers as many perspectives as possible). It's a fascinating book, too; I've never read something so lengthy about an unfinished work, especially one like It's All True which only exists in unorganized fragments. It paints the possibilities of a hundred different films.

Her prose style is more academic than the subject matter seems to require, and she spends dozens of pages talking about segments of the film that never made it past the early stages of pre-production, but those are trifling complaints in the face of the breadth of its accomplishments.

On an unrelated note: I really need to read more Raymond Durgnat.
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Post by Stu » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:59 am

:shock: So jellies. Intrigued by the movie, too.
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Post by Stu » Mon May 08, 2017 3:24 am

This is one of my favorite video essays I've seen on Youtube; moviebob does a non-stop, almost 1-hour analysis on the original Matrix, without ever slowing down or becoming anything less than consistently insightful on the film. Just sheer awesomeness:

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Post by Colonel Kurz » Thu May 25, 2017 7:26 am

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My interview with Milagros Mumenthaler about her second film, The Idea of a Lake:
http://frame.land/milagros-mumenthalers ... -the-lake/

I wonder what Beau thinks of the stuff about Argentina in there.
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Post by Beau » Thu May 25, 2017 5:33 pm

Colonel Kurz wrote:Image

My interview with Milagros Mumenthaler about her second film, The Idea of a Lake:
http://frame.land/milagros-mumenthalers ... -the-lake/

I wonder what Beau thinks of the stuff about Argentina in there.
Nice!

I haven't seen it yet, though. It played for a bit in a single downtown cinema and I was never able to go. And it hasn't been uploaded yet to the state film institute's streaming service.

Anyway, what "stuff" would that be? From what I read, the film deals with the aftermath and memory of the military dictatorship, which, I must point out, is a weekly and ongoing discussion here, so seeing it on film is fairly common. There was an attempt at "forgetting" and "reconciliation" in the 90s, but new generations, mine included, don't want to go back to that, so the topic is on everyone's mind yet again, or has been for the past 10 years. Especially now with a conservative government in power, the question of memory and holding those responsible accountable is more relevant than ever. The Supreme Court tried to pull a fast one past everyone a few weeks ago, reducing sentences for some of those who committed crimes against humanity, due to an obscure legal technicality, but there was a massive march - which I went to - that basically forced the legislative branch to react and, after a special session, close all loopholes and nullify the Supreme Court decision. So, again, like I said, it's a subject on everyone's minds right now. In this sense, we're ahead of countries like Chile, Spain, and Brasil, which have tried to bury their pasts with more (if obviously not definitive) success.
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Post by Beau » Thu May 25, 2017 5:47 pm

I should point out, though, that my friends are all either journalists or artist types, so my social circle - and the zeitgeist I have access to - leans definitively to the left. There are certainly sectors within Argentina that not only sided with the military back in the 70s but now want us all to "move on," or something vague like that, without bringing those responsible to court, and who equate the actions of a few radical leftist groups (which, yes, may have been violent and unsavory, but which were a reaction to decades of previous military intervention in political affairs, something dictatorship apologists like to leave out of their alternative facts) with the systematic genocide carried out by the state. It wasn't a dirty "war," it was a one-sided annihilation, which also bulldozed thousands who weren't even in those radical groups to begin with.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Thu May 25, 2017 11:54 pm

Beau wrote:Anyway, what "stuff" would that be?
Well, the things you just said plus the nature/weather stuff. :P
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Post by Stu » Sun May 28, 2017 10:07 pm



Awesome analysis on Logan here.
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Post by Stu » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:23 am

Christopher Nolan goes to war in the thrilling Dunkirk

Really, REALLY want to go see this now...
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Post by Stu » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:34 pm

Captain Oats wrote:remaking Suspiria
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Post by Eminence Grise » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:39 pm

Senses of Cinema now has a podcast! :shock:

The first episode talks about Blade Runner 2049.

https://sensesofcinema.podbean.com/e/1- ... nner-2049/
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Post by Captain Oats » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:21 pm

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I spoke to Claes Bang, star of Palme d'Or winner The Square, about many things, but most importantly fighting over a condom with Elisabeth Moss: https://thefilmstage.com/features/the-s ... om-fights/
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Spoke to Takashi Miike about his 100th movie Blade of the Immortal, film vs digital, Paul Verhoeven, and how he’s actually really lazy: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/film/intervi ... e-immortal
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Post by DaMU » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:56 am

Is this a good place to post movie essays/analysis?

I started posting these on the tomato-based site before it was mercifully razed like the decadent Gomorrah, so here are the latest two "extracinematics."





Lemme know if the spam's flowing too soon. I just really enjoy making these little boys.
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Post by Stu » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:15 am

DaMU! Yes, this is the perfect thread for those, which I hope to keep seeing more of in the future; I'm always up for supporting a fellow forumer's creative projects. Keep 'em comin'!
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