Monday, May 09, 2022
Have any of you seen this one? First films by even the greatest of directors can always be a toss-up but I don't think I've ever seen one that isn't at least interesting in the ways it hints at where the director will be going in their careers. And with a director as notoriously genre-hopping as Ang I think you can still sense glimmers of his fascinations-to-be revealing themselves in this. Anyway I only recently filled in what I thought was the last gap in Ang's filmography for me, having watched Eat Drink Man Woman at the start of the pandemic, so I'm happy to have one more early example of the master's work to pore over. I miss this light humanist version of his filmmaking, and wish he'd circle back to small movies again.
... you can learn from:
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
Alex: I've had this business:"Anything is better than nothing."There are times when nothinghas to be better than anything.
Friday, May 06, 2022
"Femme tells the story of Jules, who is targeted in a horrific homophobic attack, destroying his life and career. Not long after, however, Jules encounters Preston – one of his attackers – in a gay sauna. He quickly realizes he has the perfect opportunity to get revenge on the “deeply-closeted” Preston and seizes the opportunity."
There is no director working today that is better with color than Park Chan-wook and every single shot in The Little Drummer Girl proves it anew pic.twitter.com/YR4VEYTjlZ— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) November 10, 2018
... but there is no director working today that is better with color than Park Chan-wook, and every single shot in this teaser for Decision to Leave proves it anew. I don't think I will watch any longer trailers when they come -- this is a feast enough until the whole movie itself, baby!
The smart smart smart folks at MUBI snatched this movie up already before it's even premiered, and are planning on releasing it this fall -- if anyone at MUBI is reading this I beg you, please release it sooner. I will die. I will actually die, if I have to wait for this movie until the fall. Do you want that on your conscience? I am the voice of a generation! Well, some generation. Like, the voice of one of the middling cavemen generations, anyway. Imagine life without that!
Starring David's favorite pervert Viggo Mortensen alongside the ever-game Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux and hey-ohhh who's that hot bearded boy that we see for a split second there...
Thursday, May 05, 2022
I just re-watched Céline Sciamma's recent masterpiece Petite Maman for like the fifth time over this past weekend -- y'all know I balk at calling movies this new-ish "masterpiece" but I've no doubt in my head that this movie qualifies already. Here is my original review from TIFF -- the movie is in theaters right now and you couldn't conjure up a better movie for Mother's Day Weekend, so go see it. I demand it!
As seen above and below the fine folks at Neon have printed up a 32-page children's book version of the film to giveaway on social media, so hit them up on Instagram or on Twitter with a photograph of your eight-year-old self and the hashtag #PetiteMaman and maybe you can be one of the lucky ones! Oh and y'all should read this recent interview with Sciamma -- she's one of the greats, we're so fortunate to be here to watch her work!
Behold PETITE MAMAN, the illustrated children’s book.— NEON (@neonrated) May 4, 2022
A fable for all ages, this full color 32-page book brings the magic of Céline Sciamma’s film to a whole new audience.
To enter to win a copy, share a picture of yourself when you were 8 with #PetiteMaman. pic.twitter.com/IyGwGvb9Db