Monday, January 13, 2003

a power-packed weekend was guaranteed for all...

Sunday, January 12, 2003

More shorts. A Guy Walks Into A Bar, a delicious send-up on the westerns featuring Fred The Wonder Years Savage in his first adult role (and his first use of the F-word and his first bed scene!). My favourite moment is the opening which uses a Mesmerizer lens to re-create the impression of badly panned-and-scanned anamorphic widescreen westerns (like Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).

Monsters Inc on DVD. Lovingly put together with great animation, rendering and voices (Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi), this is a great 93 minute joyride.

Saturday, January 11 2003

La Jetée and Eye, Like a Strange Balloon off Short Cinema Journal II: Dreams, a wonderfully mastered compilation of shorts. The first was the inspiration (note: not source material, just an inspiration) of Terry Gilliam's fascinating (and for me, yet unwatched) post-apocalyptic classic 12 Monkeys. The latter is more testimony to the crazy genius of the underrated Guy Maddin.

Antonio's L'Avventura (The Adventure) is mind-blowing. Despite being rather long and, as is the case with most parallel cinema, gently-paced, this film shatters everything you thought you knew about film grammar and reading helps. Gene Youngblood's commentary appropriately guides you through understanding this masterpiece.

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