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

Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968)

Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968)

— 2 hours ago
#le gai savoir  #the joy of learning  #last movie i saw  #A 

Fuel live on a public access tv show, 1990.

— 3 hours ago
#fuel 
The River (Frank Borzage, 1929)

what to do with an incomplete film? marvel at what remains (that regaining consciousness/memory sequence…) and fill in the blanks with an assuredness of what could be and regret of what is not.

The River (Frank Borzage, 1929)

what to do with an incomplete film? marvel at what remains (that regaining consciousness/memory sequence…) and fill in the blanks with an assuredness of what could be and regret of what is not.

— 3 hours ago
#the river  #last movie i saw  #B+ 
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

the remake is coming here soon, so in preparation let’s revisit what i’ve always felt was Miyazaki’s best (for reasons i probably can’t substantiate). me being the live-action advocate i am, i actually have confidence in the remake. but unless it has Kiki’s dad misjudging how much she’s grown when he lifts her to hug her goodbye, or the larger life of the city flowing in and out of her story, or the perfect sense of growing up being a process of loss and refiguration, and the sense of leaving home and becoming, then i can’t see it coming close to being what this is. of course it won’t.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

the remake is coming here soon, so in preparation let’s revisit what i’ve always felt was Miyazaki’s best (for reasons i probably can’t substantiate). me being the live-action advocate i am, i actually have confidence in the remake. but unless it has Kiki’s dad misjudging how much she’s grown when he lifts her to hug her goodbye, or the larger life of the city flowing in and out of her story, or the perfect sense of growing up being a process of loss and refiguration, and the sense of leaving home and becoming, then i can’t see it coming close to being what this is. of course it won’t.

— 3 hours ago with 3 notes
#魔女の宅急便  #kiki's delivery service  #last movie i saw  #A 
Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 1981)

Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 1981)

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#downtown 81  #last movie i saw  #B+ 
Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992)

there are too many movies about young boys who act as autobiographical cyphers for filmmakers. precocious, selfish, disgusting boys who through this myopia of assumed shared life experience between artist and audience we’re meant to find identifiable and sympathetic. here’s another one and its some shit. Amarcord-level shit.

Léolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon, 1992)

there are too many movies about young boys who act as autobiographical cyphers for filmmakers. precocious, selfish, disgusting boys who through this myopia of assumed shared life experience between artist and audience we’re meant to find identifiable and sympathetic. here’s another one and its some shit. Amarcord-level shit.

— 2 days ago
#léolo  #last movie i saw  #C- 
Breaking With Old Ideas (Li Wenhua, 1975)

education reforms in rural China, 1958. breaking the old confucian and bourgeois practices and thought that still held in institutions. the revolutionising of a college to give better access to its poorest students, lessening the study load to allow time for working demands, and to change the curriculum to better meet the lives of its students (e.g. lessons on seed health being taught in the sewing season instead of the harvest; on local animals like pigs instead of horses). and, again, it all just seems so nice: everyone working together, laughing, singing; criticism coming in the form a hand on the shoulder and a “Comrade, listen” instead of the brutality that did occur; shining, harmonious, glorious red youth.

the most interesting thing about it is that its a movie about the beginnings of the Great Leap Forward made towards the end of the Cultural Revolution - the language of the latter being retroactively appropriated to fit (and criticise) the earlier push. and also that the big evil threat in the movie of capitalist influence seeping in and poisoning the party seems not only to look back at what drove the Cultural Revolution, but is also fearfully prescient to the changes that were only a few years later realised.

its also surprisingly open about the teething problems of revolution, though never critical. there’s a scene in the film where the kids skip out on their exams to fumigate against a coming insect swarm, as if to remedy the cause of the 1958-61 famine to old form administrators who wouldn’t let their kids go out and ensure an abundant crop. overall it maybe the most didactic Chinese movie i’ve seen, much lower on the spectacle and melodrama. there’s a reason for that, i guess. but i don’t know… it  (however much of a myth it is) just seems so nice.

Breaking With Old Ideas (Li Wenhua, 1975)

education reforms in rural China, 1958. breaking the old confucian and bourgeois practices and thought that still held in institutions. the revolutionising of a college to give better access to its poorest students, lessening the study load to allow time for working demands, and to change the curriculum to better meet the lives of its students (e.g. lessons on seed health being taught in the sewing season instead of the harvest; on local animals like pigs instead of horses). and, again, it all just seems so nice: everyone working together, laughing, singing; criticism coming in the form a hand on the shoulder and a “Comrade, listen” instead of the brutality that did occur; shining, harmonious, glorious red youth.

the most interesting thing about it is that its a movie about the beginnings of the Great Leap Forward made towards the end of the Cultural Revolution - the language of the latter being retroactively appropriated to fit (and criticise) the earlier push. and also that the big evil threat in the movie of capitalist influence seeping in and poisoning the party seems not only to look back at what drove the Cultural Revolution, but is also fearfully prescient to the changes that were only a few years later realised.

its also surprisingly open about the teething problems of revolution, though never critical. there’s a scene in the film where the kids skip out on their exams to fumigate against a coming insect swarm, as if to remedy the cause of the 1958-61 famine to old form administrators who wouldn’t let their kids go out and ensure an abundant crop. overall it maybe the most didactic Chinese movie i’ve seen, much lower on the spectacle and melodrama. there’s a reason for that, i guess. but i don’t know… it (however much of a myth it is) just seems so nice.

— 2 days ago with 2 notes
#決裂  #breaking with old ideas  #last movie i saw  #B 
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Fax Bahr & George Hickenlooper, 1991)

i guess you can’t argue with results (though looking at the clips of Apocalypse Now in this, i’m not so sure if it’s as good as i remember), but filmmaking really can be the grossest thing.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Fax Bahr & George Hickenlooper, 1991)

i guess you can’t argue with results (though looking at the clips of Apocalypse Now in this, i’m not so sure if it’s as good as i remember), but filmmaking really can be the grossest thing.

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#hearts of darkness: a filmmaker's apocalypse  #last movie i saw  #B 
Party Girl (Daisy von Scherler Mayer, 1995)

one of those movies that is extremely likeable and fun, and has Parker Posey and librarian humour in it, but just isn’t funny or complete or unbound to convention enough to ever be truly great.

Party Girl (Daisy von Scherler Mayer, 1995)

one of those movies that is extremely likeable and fun, and has Parker Posey and librarian humour in it, but just isn’t funny or complete or unbound to convention enough to ever be truly great.

— 4 days ago
#party girl  #last movie i saw  #B+ 
Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper, 1980)

Out of the Blue (Dennis Hopper, 1980)

— 5 days ago
#out of the blue  #last movie i saw  #A