Rules of Dating (Han Jae-rim, 2005)

blame the promotional material (that poster!) or that i just wanted to watch something light and dumb, but for a long time watching this i wasn’t sure what to make of it. then it clicked and i’ve never gone from being on the verge of hating something to loving it so quickly. this was something else. a pipe bomb in a romantic comedy casing, but one that admittedly, in a mess of tone, never quite gives up its genre package. and why should it? in repulsive, depressed and wounded characters  the complexity of emotion, the search for trust and the mess of life flows out, making for a deeply romantic movie. not so much a funny one, though.

Rules of Dating (Han Jae-rim, 2005)

blame the promotional material (that poster!) or that i just wanted to watch something light and dumb, but for a long time watching this i wasn’t sure what to make of it. then it clicked and i’ve never gone from being on the verge of hating something to loving it so quickly. this was something else. a pipe bomb in a romantic comedy casing, but one that admittedly, in a mess of tone, never quite gives up its genre package. and why should it? in repulsive, depressed and wounded characters the complexity of emotion, the search for trust and the mess of life flows out, making for a deeply romantic movie. not so much a funny one, though.

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#rules of dating #연애의 목적 #last movie i saw #A- 

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#song in my head #dear nora 
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

more than Royal Tenenbaums, less than Steve Zissou.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

more than Royal Tenenbaums, less than Steve Zissou.

@4 days ago with 2 notes
#the grand budapest hotel #last movie i saw #A 
Hit and Run (Naruse Mikio, 1966)

a really wild and dark movie from him, with Takamine Hideko playing the mother of a boy killed in a hit and run cover up, she then manoeuvring into a housekeeping position at the driver’s house seeking to uncover the truth and take her revenge. maybe the most broad and over the top thing of Naruse’s i’ve seen since his silent days, with the camera work reflecting that in dream sequences, murder fantasies, flashbacks, negative images, handheld work and a bunch of other tricks. but it is still so grounded in human reality and finds place in his filmography there. i don’t know. i’m sure i have no critical faculties (and a huge stomach for melodrama) but i really liked it (and snobbishly challenge those who may not if it’s not possibly because it is so different from his “brand” of movie). it kind of slightly reminded me of a Masamura movie in ways.

Hit and Run (Naruse Mikio, 1966)

a really wild and dark movie from him, with Takamine Hideko playing the mother of a boy killed in a hit and run cover up, she then manoeuvring into a housekeeping position at the driver’s house seeking to uncover the truth and take her revenge. maybe the most broad and over the top thing of Naruse’s i’ve seen since his silent days, with the camera work reflecting that in dream sequences, murder fantasies, flashbacks, negative images, handheld work and a bunch of other tricks. but it is still so grounded in human reality and finds place in his filmography there. i don’t know. i’m sure i have no critical faculties (and a huge stomach for melodrama) but i really liked it (and snobbishly challenge those who may not if it’s not possibly because it is so different from his “brand” of movie). it kind of slightly reminded me of a Masamura movie in ways.

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#ひき逃げ #hit and run #last movie i saw #A- 
Il Contratto (Girogio Mangiamele, 1953)

this came with a warning that it was incomplete and i was expecting missing scenes or something. it turns out this never had a soundtrack completed for it and thus runs completely silent. silent movies are one thing, but watching something that is designed to communicate primarily through speech and sound is a losing battle. storytelling and humanity haven’t changed that much and so i was able to piece it together i think. the Italian immigrant experience in post-war Melbourne, from hostility to trying to find work to other hardships, to piece by piece finding a place. even in its unfinished state it is one of the most exciting and beautiful Australian movies i’ve seen. immediate, mostly neo-realism and sometimes poetic realism (the scenes of tomato picking, or the couple’s reunion on the river bank.) the reason it exists without sound is part of what makes it so great -  working without audio equipment enabling the camera to be planted in the streets of Carlton or a farm and for filming just to happen. i can’t wait to see something he actually completed.

Il Contratto (Girogio Mangiamele, 1953)

this came with a warning that it was incomplete and i was expecting missing scenes or something. it turns out this never had a soundtrack completed for it and thus runs completely silent. silent movies are one thing, but watching something that is designed to communicate primarily through speech and sound is a losing battle. storytelling and humanity haven’t changed that much and so i was able to piece it together i think. the Italian immigrant experience in post-war Melbourne, from hostility to trying to find work to other hardships, to piece by piece finding a place. even in its unfinished state it is one of the most exciting and beautiful Australian movies i’ve seen. immediate, mostly neo-realism and sometimes poetic realism (the scenes of tomato picking, or the couple’s reunion on the river bank.) the reason it exists without sound is part of what makes it so great - working without audio equipment enabling the camera to be planted in the streets of Carlton or a farm and for filming just to happen. i can’t wait to see something he actually completed.

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#il contratto #last movie i saw #B 
Clay (Georgio Mangiamele, 1965)

Clay (Georgio Mangiamele, 1965)

@1 day ago
#clay #last movie i saw #B+ 
My Mother and Her Guest (Shin Sang-ok, 1961)

My Mother and Her Guest (Shin Sang-ok, 1961)

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#사랑방 손님과 어머니 #the houseguest and my mother #my mother and her guest #last movie i saw #B+ 
The Cannibals (Manoel de Oliveira, 1988)

i didn’t know where this was going for most of the time. i should have been more prepared. it’s in the title even. it being an opera wasn’t, however, and with the speed opera moves, squeezing everything from every line, this went on a lot longer than the half hour after school programme it could have been.

The Cannibals (Manoel de Oliveira, 1988)

i didn’t know where this was going for most of the time. i should have been more prepared. it’s in the title even. it being an opera wasn’t, however, and with the speed opera moves, squeezing everything from every line, this went on a lot longer than the half hour after school programme it could have been.

@4 days ago with 2 notes
#os canibais #the cannibals #last movie i saw #B 
Martial Angels (Clarence Fok, 2001)

Martial Angels (Clarence Fok, 2001)

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#絕色神偷 #martial angels #last movie i saw #C+ 
Butterfly and Flowers (Euthana Mukdasanit, 1985)

a story of a poor boy who drops out of school because of life circumstances and joins an over the border rice smuggling ring to provide for his family. predictably super sweet, sentimental and dramatic where it needs to be, all with a DX7 soundtrack.  but its still so lyrical and perfect in its way, getting bogged down only when it decides those dramatic things have to happen. it looked gorgeous as well - not in a tourist image way, but in that rural idyll way, and very much through the eyes of someone from the region. and it’s nice to see an Islamic Thai movie after having seen so many Buddhist ones - the religion being just as core to the movie as Buddhism is there. and here as well: Islam-Buddhist coexistence being a central theme.

Butterfly and Flowers (Euthana Mukdasanit, 1985)

a story of a poor boy who drops out of school because of life circumstances and joins an over the border rice smuggling ring to provide for his family. predictably super sweet, sentimental and dramatic where it needs to be, all with a DX7 soundtrack. but its still so lyrical and perfect in its way, getting bogged down only when it decides those dramatic things have to happen. it looked gorgeous as well - not in a tourist image way, but in that rural idyll way, and very much through the eyes of someone from the region. and it’s nice to see an Islamic Thai movie after having seen so many Buddhist ones - the religion being just as core to the movie as Buddhism is there. and here as well: Islam-Buddhist coexistence being a central theme.

@6 days ago with 2 notes
#ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้ #buttefly and flowers #last movie i saw #A-