Primer is a 2004 independent film written, directed, produced by and starring Shane Carruth. A sci-fi puzzle thriller, it explores the effects of an accidental invention on its two creators.
In his more than 40 years in the cinema, Mr. Bergman made about 50 films, often focusing on two themes — the relationship between the sexes, and the relationship between mankind and God. Mr. Bergman found in cinema, he wrote in a 1965 essay, “a language that literally is spoken from soul to soul in expressions that, almost sensuously, escape the restrictive control of the intellect.” More
Below a 4:35 minute clip from “Wild Strawberries.”
“Tall, cerebral and resolutely serious, Mr. Antonioni harkens back to a time in the middle of the last century when cinema-going was an intellectual pursuit, when purposely opaque passages in famously difficult films spurred long nights of smoky argument at sidewalk cafes, and when fashionable directors like Mr. Antonioni, Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard were chased down the Cannes waterfront by camera-wielding cinephiles demanding to know what on earth they meant by their latest outrage” More
Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later (two of my favorite films), has a new film out called Sunshine (wikipedia). I’m planning on seeing it tomorrow and I’ll post my reactions and comments after.
Brilliant, just brilliant. I saw this movie yesterday with Katie and it is fabulous. It’s even more impressive than Apple’s iPhone (which we took for a test drive yesterday). I’m probably going to go back again this week to see the film again.
Every time I see a Pixar film I’m reminded of Disney in the ’30s and ’40s when the studio was consistently astounding audiences with each new animated feature film and raising the bar for the next. Think Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia. Think Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Jungle Book, or 101 Dalmatians. Yes, Disney has had some clunkers over the years – Alice in Wonderland, Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, The Fox and the Hound – but even their worst demonstrates a mixture of craft and professionalism that combines concept, art, storytelling, and execution into entertainment. Pixar hasn’t disappointed me yet and I don’t think they ever will (I hope).
If you haven’t seen Ratatouille, go see it, even if you don’t have kids.
Ray Harryhausen (Wikipedia)
One of the best short fan films I’ve ever seen. It would be great if it were a real “coming attraction.” From Untamed Cinema
I saw the documentary Manufactured Lanscapes yesterday afternoon. It chronicles the work of Edward Burtynsky, a photographer who documents the landscapes we disrupt and create in pursuit of progress. The documentary follows Burdynsky around China as he shoots his latest monography, Burtynsky-China, and explores how a ravenous, runaway global economy has changed our environment. See how the rapidly industrializing, environmentally devastated Chinese nation feeds globalization’s voracious appetite for consumer goods while pushing the world past the point of peak oil. Its got mines, quarries, oil refineries, and fetid waterways (but no overt value judgments – sorry Michael Moore). Beautiful images when we’re able to divorce them from the looming consequences.
I really like this film. It reminded me of Koyaanisqatsi (which I loved), Powaqqatsi (which I enjoyed), and Naqoyqatsi (which I hated). It probably should run on a double-bill with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.