Tag Archives: Viewings

Pablo Marìn, August 11, 2014

After a few hours of bombarding myself in the big city with big-screen big-finance digital entertainments – a surprisingly, and even somewhat embarrassingly, for how I thought I self-identified aesthetically, tolerable experience – I shot myself between the termini of … Continue reading

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Female Troubles

15 Nov 2013: La Cotta (DVD, 1967, Ermanno Olmi) Even more than Il Posto this hour-length television feature depicts the sensitive, romantically forlorn young male that appears as prototype for the many subsequent protagonists of Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and … Continue reading

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The Slow and the Mild-Mannered: Milano Drift

14 Nov 2013: Il Posto (DVD, 1961, Ermanno Olmi) The dreamlike mundanity on offer here harks forward to another Italian, Marco Ferreri, but with more of a focus on cinematography and even more of a locational drift. The camera itself … Continue reading

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Doctor Soused

13 Nov 2013: Drunken Angel (DVD, 1948, Akira Kurosawa) Not quite yet at the level of his masterworks of the fifties and sixties, at least as far as editing, pacing, moral exploration and overall scope is concerned – he’s probably … Continue reading

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Accepting a Substitute

6 Nov 2013: Kagemusha (DVD, 1980, Akira Kurosawa) As either depressing reminder of personal weakness or further testament to the spellbinding hypnosis of Kurosawa’s editing craft or well-matched synthesis of the two, my intention of watching this three-hour film in … Continue reading

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A Light Sublime

12 Nov 2013: Limelight (DVD, 1951, Charlie Chaplin) Much more melancholy and morose than earlier silent-era Chaplin, even when he deals with the soul-destroying industrial horrors of Modern Times, this film counterintuitively feels more inspirational because of it by truly … Continue reading

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Massacres and Wiseacres

7 Nov 2013: Salvador (DVD, 1985, Oliver Stone) Anti-intellectual bickering and bantering loutish American men are the viewer’s designed point of identification for this film, until the tragic circumstances these men encounter or the random conversations they have with military … Continue reading

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