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Man, The Terrorizers is such a fantastic film all around. And yes, the Blu-ray remaster is a thing of beauty. I's also strongly urge anybody interested in this to check out a few of the other films in that particular remaster series which happens to include Hou Hsiao-Hsien's brilliant Dust in the Wind, Tsai Ming-Liang's nearly equally brilliant Vive L'amour, and a couple others I haven't gotten chance to check out just yet. Though I've heard very good things about Chen Kuo-Fu's The Personals.
Good review Glenn. Hopefully seeing this tomorrow when I pull into D.C. then possibly a second time later this weekend with friends. Mainly for the Malick trailer *cough, looks around* but also because I love the look of the sensuous roaming camerawork I've seen in trailers and the promise of The Red Shoes meets Suspiria meets Repulsion meets The Company. Mmmhmm.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2010 on Paint it, "Black" at Some Came Running
You've pretty much just sold me on Tangled, Glenn. Until this point I honestly couldn't have cared less about it, since all the promotional material thus far has yes, reeked of Dreamworks, which was disappointing from a new DIsney film. Especially after The Princess and the Frog, itself a sort of new classic in my estimation, easily among the ranks of the studio's best films and a shining example of inspired top-quality classical 2D animation. Another initial disappointment regarding Tangled was merely seeing another 3D animation from Disney after such a glorious quasi-throwback in Princess. Then again, that screenshot above does quite a bit to sway me in the new film's favor. So yeah, thanks.
Wright's film certainly carries a strong heredity of visual/aesthetic ideas.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2010 on Orange rectangular surfaces at Some Came Running
My second favorite Assayas film quite easily, after the masterwork that is Irma Vep. Structurally the entire film is uneasy, and I feel a lot of your insights in this short piece and those from Assayas himself put a lot of my more visceral reactions to it in better context. I also felt during that conversation as the Japanese restaurant highlighted here there was some sort of barely-noticeable shift in the visual style of the film. Maybe something with the compositions or a filter, but it felt very slight, to correlate to the shift in narrative that occurs around that scene.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on "demonlover" is not your friend at Some Came Running
Carlos is good stuff, though I feel it begin to run out of direction, momentum... and possibly 'meaning' by the end? I look forward to the shorter version just the same. As far as his recent work though, I find a lot more to admire in his more formally audacious films like Demonlover and the incredibly Boarding Gate. Even Summer Hours, though a bit more of a call-back to his earlier themes and formal preoccupations and perhaps overshadowed by other similar films that came out at the time (thinking Still Walking, Flight of the Red Balloon), has quite a bit more to chew on than Carlos. Still, his film technique is as strong as ever, and the latter features quite a number of sheer bravura, breathless sequences.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on Jackal time at Some Came Running
I envy being able to see with this and Boonmee in the same day. Lucky critic.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2010 on NYFF 2010: "Certified Copy" at Some Came Running
Seeing this Sunday night at NYFF! Excellent write-up Glenn, and points well made. A lot of what you wrote here could just as easily be applied to Tropical Malady as well, which I'd urge people to check out. Especially in prepping for Boonmee, as I think the two will likely prove to share more similarities with each other than Boonmee will to Syndromes. I'd also suggest checking out Joe's short A Letter to Uncle Boonmee, which is stunning, as a sort of prologue/companion/parallel to the feature. Immediately comes to mind.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2010 on Kittie! at Some Came Running
Glen! I'm thrilled you decided to highlight his role in The American Friend. I've been thinking all day how underappreciated or at least underseen his role in that film is (not to speak of the film itself, one of my favorite from Wender). It's probably the most fully embodied and beautiful portrayals Hopper ever put to screen.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2010 on You're like me at Some Came Running
One of the most beautiful and sensual films ever made.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2010 on Image of the day, 5/26/10 at Some Came Running
Malick not having a presence at the festival would certainly be a disappointment, but it's certainly not out of the question yet. I could see him pulling a maneuver much like Wong Kar-Wai with "2046", tinkering with the film until the very last minute before delivering it to Cannes... and then tinkering on it more until its actual release. The obvious highlights of the competition are Weerasethakul and Kiarostami, and can we just give the former an award now and save everyone all the suspense, please?
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2010 on Cannes cognition at Some Came Running
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