Are efforts being made to upload a better version(with proper aspect ratio) for The Rose Seller? The match will be coming up soon and I have to decide whether to watch the poor quality print or refrain from voting.
Sure, I can put that on my list to do soon.
And while you mention it, I just watched it last night, and I’m not sure where I stand on the previous debate about it being poverty porn or not or what that means really. Certainly when I see a film like this with a lot of young people all tangled up on completely destructive attitudes and trajectories I don’t know what to think. I know there are people like this in the world, but what is the film saying by just showing this. I sort of feel like without some kind of hint at the real problems and possible solutions it’s lacking. Although I don’t know what that would be so I can’t specifically fault it for being any other way. Kind of like the movie Kids. It’s just horrible to watch, but it’s still good because I don’t doubt they are representative of a lot of real people.
Really wishing this DVD of Sleep Furiously had subtitles.
haha yes i need it too, it was a lovely film, i dont think subtitle is necessary as i think the film has its own visual language, but it would be nice to have the sub
Yeah after a while there becomes less and less dialogue and the images begin to tell the story. But there was quite a bit at the beginning. It’s not that I can’t fully understand, my hearing is very weak. I have to use subtitles on most everything I watch.
I just watched No Man’s Land again since it had been several years since I hadn’t seen it since it came out. I can confirm that I still find it to be fantastic. I’ll be getting an intro topic up at some point.
It’s a very good film. Very tense. Those actors are great.
i’ve started in on historias extraordinarias and so far, i love it! so mysterious. should be caught up in time for this match at least =D
i thought 4 hrs was a long film. i was wrong. i did not ever want it to end. i want to watch it again now
the colonel is a lion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
btw, any idea from anyone how the availability of the georgian film is coming along?
i just watched a different georgian film that reminded me i want to see the cup one.
you can’t beat a puppy on a turntable.
It’s coming along indeed. I don’t know exactly when it will be up, but it will be up.
one for riss, one for pedja and one for the puppy.
Tajikistan : To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die (Jamshed Usmonov) : This match is coming soon. Need streaming link to watch it.
if it’s available for you to watch on MUBI you should watch it there. I’ll try to get on getting a copy up on the blog soon tough. Unless there are any other volunteers.
The link to Singapore GaGa is on the blog now!
Learn more about the film and about the director at the official website.
I chose the film as I liked the meandering journey of the different sights and sounds around Singapore! It is also made by a Singaporean, set in Singapore and even has Singapore in its title!
Hope everyone likes the film like I did!
Letter from a Film-Maker to his Daughter v Sleep Furiously
Can i vote at all? These 2 should not be in combat, they are soulmates, friends with pure hearts, labours of love, one with a cute Jack Russell (?) dog, one with 2 cute Jack Russell (?) dogs. What idiot dreamt up this idea of having films competing against each other like this? Clap him in irons, then make him walk the plank
Still eagerly waiting for the streaming links of Illusion Travels by Streetcar and The Pope’s Toilet.
Amelia and the Angel is an inspired choice for England. Who chose it? I’m no fan of many later Russell films, but this early charmer and his polished lyrical Elgar documentary are among his best. I’m wondering what went wrong.
I must say that most of the shorts I have seen so far in this cup have been excellent.
I must say that most of the shorts I have seen so far in this cup have been excellent
i hope no one’s thinking of skipping melancholia just because it’s one third of a day long. because that day, turns out it’s your birthday.
(probably that one where you played pass the parcel and it turned out that under all the layers the ‘parcel’ was a sad little poo in a box, but nevermind, it was memorable and original, and there was music!…)
Is there a streaming copy yet?
Just saw The Garden (Zahrada) (1995) by Martin Sulik for the 05/27-05/30 match. A nice take on the magic realism theme, with a levitating lady at the end, reminding us of Tarkovksy’s Sacrifice. I’m a sucker for films with levitating ladies…
Not sure how much time I’m going to have to watch films, so seeing what I can now. Started the l-o-n-g films Lav Diaz’s Melancholia and Michael Pilz’s Heaven and Earth. Melancholia seems really slow and rather uneventful after an hour, but who knows? The Austrian film is quite a neat idea, highlighting the daily life of a remote Austrian village high in the mountains where time has stood still, but beware the pig scene. Also, why did I start to think of Guy Maddin’s Careful when watching this film? Not sure I’ll be able to finish either.
melancholia is in three parts and a bit. i’d get at least into the second part before anyone gives up on it. each layer informs the other and it requires a long review or nothing really so i’m not capable of saying anything. but i loved it so much i’m almost tempted to watch it again…
and since this is a voting thread and they got mentioned…i would have loved heaven and earth if it hadn’t had all those excruciating zen-crap ‘meaningful’ voiceovers. it was fingers-on-blackboards stuff for me. hated it. there were other things i wasn’t too keen on, but the vo’s were painful.
and i pretty much dislike the garden too. it’s too ‘nice’ i.e. bland. quirky and sentimentally sweet is not my thing.
i would have loved heaven and earth if it hadn’t had all those excruciating zen-crap ‘meaningful’ voiceovers. it was fingers-on-blackboards stuff for me. hated it. there were other things i wasn’t too keen on, but the vo’s were painful.
haha…wait till you watch Araya,
From what I remember she mentioned before that she loved that one.
argh rohit! i’m not thinking about that film any more! things in me revolt at it. but on the other hand, riss is right, i do love araya. i don’t remember any voice-over being so screamingly out of context in that though. argh
Araya had the most brain dead and redundant voice-over I have ever heard in a film. I am surprised you don’t remember it.
I do share your hatred over the Heaven and Earth voice-over. Things improved a bit later when the voice-overs died down. There were also some inexplicable slow-mo’s(including the kid in the tire swing) throughout the film that felt rather irritating since they failed to convey anything to me.
ah…..that kid in the swing….such a tired (:P) metaphor to keep reminding us with…..the swinging between all the things the fading lifestyle of the people was subject to….especially the encroachment of technology…and heaven and earth of course. how profound! bleurgh.