April 2011

Hanna – Wright or Wrong?

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I’ve only seen two Joe Wright movies. This and Atonement. I was not a fan of Atonement. I thought the ending was b.s. (don’t care if that’s how the book ended), and I don’t care what other people think, but that long take on the beach felt like showboating to me. Why haven’t I seen […]

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The Social Network – What’s on MY mind?

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Yeah, it’s kinda hard coming up with a clever title. “Facebook: the Movie,” is too obvious. “The Social Conscience,” or “The Social Disease,” just don’t cut it. “Suck it Myspace,” sounds like a spoof movie from those jagoffs that keep making spoof movies (I’m not going to bother looking up their names, because they’re talentless […]

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Jia Zhangke

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Jia Zhangke Still Life – Won a bunch of awards including the LA Film Critics Awards for cinematography and best foreign film. Like Linda Linda Linda, this is a minimal slice of life. This one is not a feelgood movie. It’s not super depressing (to me that is), but there’s some melancholy here about loss […]

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Zhang Yimou

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Zhang Yimou When Americans think of Chinese cinema, they think of  John Woo, Ringo Lam,Johnnie To, or the Shaw Brothers’ movies which are perfectly fine. But there’s a difference between Chinese cinema and Hong Kong cinema. They are two different worlds, and you owe it to yourself to visit both.  Zhang was the man. He began as a cinematographer and shot […]

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Chen Kaige

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Chen Kaige When Americans think of Chinese cinema, they think of  John Woo, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, or the Shaw Brothers’ movies which are perfectly fine. But there’s a difference between Chinese cinema and Hong Kong cinema. They are two different worlds, and you owe it to yourself to visit both. Farewell My Concubine – Great tragic love story. […]

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Luis Buñuel

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Luis Bunuel I haven’t seen it all yet. He’s got a lot of stuff out there. Un Chien Andalou – Talk about a close shave. L’age d’or – My most vivid memory is when the dude shoots the kid who is laying down on the ground. Viridiana – People should be nice to nuns. Belle […]

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Bahram Beizai

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Bahram Beizai Ragbar (Downpour) – This one’s from pre-revolutionary 1971, so not part of the new wave that hit in the mid 90’s. But it’s interesting to see where Iranian cinema was culturally before the revolution (and seeing pre-revolutionary Iran at all is interesting).                 Bashu, The Little […]

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Dariush Mehrjui

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Dariush Mehrjui The Tenants – Did ya ever wanna see a screwball comedy from Iran? Well, this is probably as close as you’re gonna get.                 Hamoun                 Leila – I saw this in Santa Monica where it played with no […]

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Marva Nabili

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  Marva Nabili The Sealed Soil – This is a nice little character study from pre-revolutionary Iran. But what makes it most notable is this is from the first woman to direct a film in Iran. It’s kinda metaphorical considering what was coming in the next two years.   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post […]

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Bernardo Bertolucci

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Bernardo Bertolucci The Conformist – Vittorio Storaro is a great fuckin’ cinematographer. The Last Emperor – I think this is Bertolucci’s best film. It won all its Oscars, but wasn’t nominated in any acting category. John Lone was great (everyone was). Some may wonder why I don’t have Last Tango In Paris on here, but […]

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