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mostly a diary to keep track of the films i've seen.

Juvenile Court (Frederick Wiseman, 1973)

Juvenile Court (Frederick Wiseman, 1973)

— 21 hours ago with 2 notes
#juvenile court  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Pollen (Ha Kil-jong, 1972)

speaking of exciting excess. a lower class man is brought into a wealthy house (called “The Blue House” in some of the most daringly blunt state critique ever put on film) on the boy-toy benevolence of the patriarch. the patriarch’s (adult) daughter experiences menarche pretty much on his entry, then runs away and spends an innocent night together with the man. this stirs a crazed, distrusting jealousy in all the house’s residents, which boils to brutal repression on the couple’s return. 

horrifying, loaded with symbolism, part skewering allegory of Park Chung-hee’s dictatorship, part trademark Korean psychosexual melodrama. i can’t believe they got away with it (though maybe they didn’t, or at least not cleanly). and as if it couldn’t get better, Shin Jung-hyeon did the music.

Pollen (Ha Kil-jong, 1972)

speaking of exciting excess. a lower class man is brought into a wealthy house (called “The Blue House” in some of the most daringly blunt state critique ever put on film) on the boy-toy benevolence of the patriarch. the patriarch’s (adult) daughter experiences menarche pretty much on his entry, then runs away and spends an innocent night together with the man. this stirs a crazed, distrusting jealousy in all the house’s residents, which boils to brutal repression on the couple’s return.

horrifying, loaded with symbolism, part skewering allegory of Park Chung-hee’s dictatorship, part trademark Korean psychosexual melodrama. i can’t believe they got away with it (though maybe they didn’t, or at least not cleanly). and as if it couldn’t get better, Shin Jung-hyeon did the music.

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#화분  #pollen  #last movie i saw  #A- 
The Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh, 1958)

like most war movies it’s impossible to take this seriously, but it’s low on heroics and there are slides into excess and repulsiveness that are quite exciting. when they happen. Aldo Ray makes this movie.

The Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh, 1958)

like most war movies it’s impossible to take this seriously, but it’s low on heroics and there are slides into excess and repulsiveness that are quite exciting. when they happen. Aldo Ray makes this movie.

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#the naked and the dead  #last movie i saw  #B- 
Blindfolded Eyes (Carlos Saura, 1978)

Blindfolded Eyes (Carlos Saura, 1978)

— 1 day ago
#los ojos vendados  #blindfolded eyes  #last movie i saw  #A- 
A Very Curious Girl (Nelly Kaplan, 1969)

this was really good. the only explanation for this translated title i can think of is that it’s the result of some genius distributor trying to sell it on titillation. a very resourceful, cunning, revenge-exacting girl with scavenger bird-like interior decorating sense.

A Very Curious Girl (Nelly Kaplan, 1969)

this was really good. the only explanation for this translated title i can think of is that it’s the result of some genius distributor trying to sell it on titillation. a very resourceful, cunning, revenge-exacting girl with scavenger bird-like interior decorating sense.

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#la fiancée du pirate  #a very curious girl  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)

Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011)

— 3 days ago with 4 notes
#attack the block  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Orly (Angela Schanelec, 2010)

several intertwining yet discrete stories told through people waiting at Orly airport, sharing emotional space as well as the physical space departure lounge. shot during business hours with a long lens, with passersby walking and standing in front of the scene or staring straight at the camera, though this never distracts from the figures we’re meant to follow. rather, framing and lifting their inner states from the hive around them. well written, well acted, well constructed, but mostly it made me want to have the excuse to be in an airport at least once more in this life.

Orly (Angela Schanelec, 2010)

several intertwining yet discrete stories told through people waiting at Orly airport, sharing emotional space as well as the physical space departure lounge. shot during business hours with a long lens, with passersby walking and standing in front of the scene or staring straight at the camera, though this never distracts from the figures we’re meant to follow. rather, framing and lifting their inner states from the hive around them. well written, well acted, well constructed, but mostly it made me want to have the excuse to be in an airport at least once more in this life.

— 4 days ago with 1 note
#orly  #last movie i saw  #B+ 
A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)

i don’t know, it’s pretty wonderful

A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)

i don’t know, it’s pretty wonderful

— 4 days ago with 2 notes
#a new leaf  #last movie i saw  #A 
And the Spring Comes (Gu Changwei, 2007)

And the Spring Comes (Gu Changwei, 2007)

— 5 days ago with 1 note
#立春  #and the spring comes  #last movie i saw  #B 
All the Colours of the Dark (Sergio Martino, 1972)

it’s a shame two-thirds of the way through it seemed to give up on the incredible crazed psychedelia it exploded out of the gate with, but still, giallo per eccellenza.

All the Colours of the Dark (Sergio Martino, 1972)

it’s a shame two-thirds of the way through it seemed to give up on the incredible crazed psychedelia it exploded out of the gate with, but still, giallo per eccellenza.

— 6 days ago with 1 note
#tutti i colori del buio  #all the colours of the dark  #last movie i saw  #B+