Venice Festival (August 30 - September 9, 2006)updated entry for reviews available
Bruno Dumont interviewed for his latest film, Flandres (2006), by Laure Adler at the new radio talk show, L'Avventura, on France Culture (in French).Also interviewed on Actualité du Cinéma on RFI (in French). A "commentary track" while the opening of the film is playing and we can listen to the soundtrack.
Otar Iosselani interviewed by Michel Ciment on the radio show, Projection Privée on France Culture (in French), for his latest film Jardins d'Automne (2006).Also interviewed at Culture Vive on RFI (in French)
Parcours de Cinéma at Cahiers du Cinéma online :evolution of the production on Nicolas Klotz (director of the 2004's masterpiece La Blessure)'s upcoming film La Question humaine (2007).With video clips during script reading, debate with public, shooting...
Amazing video art on YouTube :Noah takes a photo of himself everyday for 6 years. January 11, 2000 - July 31, 2006. 2356 Days. A work in progress. Same thing with a girl who favors the face stasis (to better appreciate aging and mood) and neglects the interesting background change of Noah's everyday life evolution.On November 1, 2001, artist Ahree Lee began taking daily digital snapshots of her own face; until 2004. (1 sec = 1 week)
SXSW web awards festival, Apple spoof Ad : Switch #1. A trendy satire of the blogging addiction phenomenon.
32nd American Film Festival in Deauville (France). Sept 1-10 2006.COMPETITIONA Guide to recognizing your saints (Dito Montiel) Forgiven (Paul Fitzgerald) Hard Candy (David Slade) Little children (Todd Field) Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris) Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer) Stephanie Daley (Hilary Brougher) Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman) The OH in Ohio (Billy Kent) Twelve and holding (Michael Cuesta) OFF COMPETITIONThe Illusionnist (Neil Burger) My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Ivan Reitman) Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Michel Gondry) Bobby (Emilio Estevez) Clerks 2 (Kevin Smith) Come early morning (Joey Lauren Adams) Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack) Find me guilty (Sidney Lumet) La Faute à Fidel (Julie Gavras) The Last kiss (Tony Goldwyn) The Black Dahlia (Brian De Palma) The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel) Pulse (Jim Sonzero) The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky) The Last Show (Robert Altman) Un crime (Manuel Pradal) World Trade Center (Oliver Stone) PANORAMAA Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater) Choking man (Steve Barron) Dreamland (Jason Matzner) Family Portraits (Douglas Buck) Primer (Shane Carruth) Puccini et moi (Maria Maggenti) The Architect (Matt Tauber) DOCUMENTARYEver again (Richard Trank) Fabulous ! The Story of Queer Cinema (Lesli Klainberg, Lisa Ades) God grew tired of us : the story of lost boys of Sudan (Christopher Dillon Quinn) Iraq in fragments (James Longley) Neil Young : Heart of Gold (Jonathan Demme) New York Cosmos (Paul Crowder, John Dower) The Trials of Darryl Hunt (Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg) An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim) When The Roads Bends (Jasmine Dellal) Who Killed the Electric Car ? (Chris Paine)
Italics at No More Marriages!, Andy Horbal has started a reflexion on style formating on film blogs for film titles and external references.Continued by Thom at Film Year: Film Bloggers, Agree on a Style.
UPDATE Pedro Costa's Seminar at The Film School of Tokyo (12-14 March 2004)at Kino Slang (translated in English).His latest film, Juventude En Marcha / Colossal Youth (2006), was selected in official competition in Cannes, and will be screened at TIFF.Also acquarello's review of Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? (2001/Costa) AlsoOssos / Bones (1997/Pedro Costa) a review by Girish.
Dropping Knowledge, a big event in Barlin gathering 112 thinkers from around the world to discuss 100 important questions of worldwide scope.I don't know anybody of these famous personalities... (Cindy Sheehan?) but it's amazing they could get them all in the same place at one time, around a huge open air conference table. Each question is answered by everyone at the same time and will be available on video clips afterward I guess.Cinemawise, we have Wim Wenders and Terry Gilliam
Venice Festival 2006 warp up, Awards updateJia Zhang-ke's Still Life, last minute entry in the competition, wins Golden Lion !
Le Masque et le Plume, radio broadcast of collegial criticism on The Wind that shakes the Barley, Flandres, Selon Charlie... (In French, available for a week online)
Deauville 2006 - Festival for Independant American Cinema - AwardsGrand Prix : Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris) Jury Prize : Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)Best Screenwriter : Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer) Revelation Award : Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck)International Critic Award : Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer) Best Documentary : God grew tired of us : the story of lost boys of Sudan (Christopher Dillon Quinn)
Andy Horbal's round-up of film criticism-related linksamong which Jim Emerson's great review of the TIFF documentary on Zizek : The Pervert's Guide to the Cinema
After the success of the Avant-Garde Blog-A-Thon, I decided to host one of my own. Drop by and see if you'd like to be a part of it:http://pasquish.blogspot.com/
Thank you for the invitation squish. There are a few Hitchcock films showing in town now so I'll try to write something.
Andy Horbal at No More Marriages! organizes a blogathon about Film Criticism, contribution due December 3rd."Just write about film criticism, or a film critic, or a specific criticism book or film review and e-mail me a link! Or make a film about film criticism and upload it to your blog and send me a link to that! Or draw something, or create a collage of film stills. There are no rules, there are only links."way to go! :) If you're a film blogger you cannot miss it.
Seriously, you can't miss it: we'll revoke your blogging license.
There is too much thing I would like to write about... I don't know what to pick in particular!Radio program : L'Avventura, interview of Brisseau for his latest film Les Anges Exterminateurs, and an analysis of the soundtrack of a sequence of Cukor's Gazlight (1944), and an analysis of the cinematography of a sequence of Laughton's The Night of the Hunter. (available online for a week, in French)
Live Chat at Cahiers with chief editor Emmanuel Burdeau on Friday September 15th, 17-18pm (GMT+2 that's in 2h30 from now!), around contemporean Hollywood cinema (Michael Mann's Miami Vice and Shyamalan's Lady in Water)
Well, I've never participated to this "blogathon" but I'm waiting for a blogathon on Asian cinema. :D
You're very welcome to join in any blogathon! And if the asian blogathon doesn't arrive fast enough, you could host it at Chunking Express, it's easy, just post an announcement and set a date, we'll spread the word.
thanks for the invitation. I'll be busy in November/December but I may join in at some point.
Jean-Marc Barr interviewed (1h) about his atypical career, as actor/director on the fringe of cinema, about his American-French dual culture, his philosophy studies background, his opinion on the difference between France and USA, notably about their respective cinema, and his latest role in Lars Von Trier, The Boss of It All, a comedy, criticism of capitalism.Radiocast on Europe1 on 09-18-2006 (in French, available online here)p.s. I'm glad to notice that Lars Von Trier is back on the road with his USA trilogy, and working with both Nicole Kidman and Bryce Dallas Howard in his last instalment : Wasington.
New Cinemascope (#28)New Cineaste (Fall 2006)
My first experience with the Cahiers chat on Sept 15th (transcript on Cahiers website) that I announced above, was more friendly than I would have expected. I thought the chat would be packed, and in fact I could slip in 3 messages easy (about the critic guy in Shyamalan's The Lady in Water) going through the moderator who greenlight contributions. So there is no censorship of questions asked other than against spam I assume.The chat is populated by the same regulars who visit the Cahiers online forum. The chat transcript is sometimes published in the print issue under the reader's mail section, which is pretty cool. A live chat with Cahiers critics deserves to be a hot spot with traffic jam! Well, online French cinephilia isn't quite active yet...Actually their chat software is primitive, no accents allowed and I had to logout and reload a couple times when the conversation froze. Some improvement wouldn't hurt. However the transcript is perfect (with added accents, spellcheck and re-ordering of the messages chronology for a threaded conversation).Anyway this experience is very interesting, and I'm glad to see Cahiers invest time in keeping in touch with readers and online users! Next chat with Jean-Michel Frodon tomorrow, Friday Sept 15th @ 5pm (GMT+2), about Flandres (Dumont), Les Anges Exterminateurs (Brisseau) and Quand J'était Chanteur (Giannoli).
What we talk about when we talk about film criticism by Jim Emerson at Scanners. Reflections on the means of film criticism and the stream-of-consciousness flow of film bloggers.
Harry, have you seen Lady in the Water yet? What was your message re: the critic character?
I didn't notice I linked to the wrong page... Here's the chat transcriptAnd I missed today's chat.
Actually I haven't seen it yet. And I don't know if I will because it left the screens already. :pMy question to Emmanuel Burdeau (Editor chief) was about the critical reception at Cahiers of this bullied character in the film, not about the film itself. You know, I told you about this angle I wanted to investigate. And he replied he didn't pay attention to the american press. Which I find quite ironic for a film magazine doing 2 covers in a row on Hollywood...Burdeau thought the character stood in for Manny Farber. The beauty of this film is the fiction which is its own decyphering, and the critique of critics is misplaced because Shyamalan does exatcly what he reproaches to critics, in this film his characters write, decypher and analyze. Which limits the role of a "critic" to a knowledge of storytelling and their originality.Burdeau also points to another detail in the film: a revolutionary book is titled "The Cook Book". He finds it mysterious to mix cuisine with revolution. I'm asking you because I don't know what this book is. But is the "Cook Book" a familiar name in the USA to learn how to build bombs at home and that kind of grassroot guerilla stuff? So that humor would be lost on a french audience...
It's probably in reference to The Anarchist Cookbook (link is to the Wikipedia article).The critic's name was Farber, so that's not a very inspired analysis I'm afraid...You'll have to let me know if you ever do see it. Mind you, I'm not recommending that you do.
What was the cookbook in the film? Is it the thing that helps Giamatti find a role for every neighbor? So you think there is no cuisine reference in Shyamalan's choice? And yes that's the Anarchist cookbook I was thinking of. Are there other "cookbooks" as famous?Yeah, Burdeau and I mispelled the critic's name. (they didn't correct in the transcript)But he also said american friends of his refuted the literal connection with Manny Farber. From what I read, american critics always assumed "Farber" was a nickname for a critic figure, not a personal attack at Manny Farber himself.Hollywood characters usually bears not-so-subtle puns for a name.
Ah, I see what you're saying...The Cook Book is the book that M. Night Shyamalan's own character is supposed to write, a book that will change the world. I don't think that the operative connection is so much cuisine as it is recipe in both of these instances: how to "cook up" a revolution in The Anarchist Cookbook, the "recipe for a better tomorrow" in this new Cook Book.
Thanks Andy. I understand now.Michel Ciment on Cinema School in Paris (FEMIS) - Radio broadcast in French available online one week
Radio broadcast : Le Masque et la Plume - Sept 23rd (in French online)4 critics discuss Brisseau's Les Anges Exterminateurs, Delepine's Avida, Gianolli's Si j'était Chanteur, all from Cannes, and Grbavica, Golden Bear in Berlin.
Discussion on "What is an Auteurist?" on a_film_by, following a controversy around the superficiality and uselessness of Pauline Kael's and Manny Farber's "criticism"... Which reminds me of the great debate on Girish's blog about Farber's essay on "Termite Art and White Elephant Art"
What is the single best American fiction film made during the last 25 years?Vote on Andy Horbal's No More Marriage!
Watch the video of Meetin' WA (Jean-Luc Godard; 1986) at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, an interview of Woody Allen commented by Tom Stupen.
Listen to Laura Adler's Radio Broadcast : L'Avventura. She interviews Christophe Honoré, Nouvelle Vague lover, about his career. His latest, Dans Paris, is a pure homage to the New Wave, one of the best french film I saw this year.Also, as always one scene analyzed for its soundtrack (Sokurov's The Sun and Marrackchi's Marock) and one scene for its photography (Eustache's La Maman et la Putain).Available online for a week in French
Observations on film art and Film Artby Kristin Thompson and David BordwellDavid Bordwell's brand new blog will certainly bring insight to the film blogosphere!
Listen to Michel Ciment's interview of Rachid Bouchareb for his film Indigènes awarded in Cannes with best (ensemble) actors.Projection Privée : Available online in French for a week (on France Culture)
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