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Whats Happening with surreal moviez and Rapidshare? over 1 year ago
There are programs that convert video files (.avi, .mkv) to the DVD format that can be played in a regular DVD player. I use avstodvd: you can insert subtitles (.srt files), it has PAL /NTSC options, and is very easy to use. And it’s free!
In the encoding process some information will be lost, though, but that compression is visible only if you try to burn a high quality blu ray rip, or something like that.
I dont know how to post links, but if you search in google “avstodvd” it’ll appear ;)
(and sorry if my english is bad)
Mine would be Shiji Ikari as well. Having a shy and (truly) introverted kid as the main character of an anime series was a brave choice, to say the least.
Film Capturing Your Life 6 months ago
Right now it would be Stranger than paradise. Filled with uncertainty,a bit of boredom., a bit of sadness, dark humor and, of course, the quiet beauty of the everyday life.
Millenium mambo would be close too, although in very different ways.
Ever get tired of learning about film? 4 months ago
It’s very understandable. I got tired of a lot of stuff too. Lists and polls: reducing everything to a bunch of names and reordering them once in a while. Comparing directors last names like fucking football players ( I prefer Ozu to Naruse blah blah blah) Bland critiques (“It was boring”, “Not enough camera movement”) I mean really??
In other words, cinephilia is talking too much about itself, and hearing that blabbering is just draining.
But that doesn’t take away the joy of watching a great movie. It doesn’t take away the joy of talking about it extensively with a friend. That’s cinephilia: talking-writing-reading about cinema, wich always leads to talking-writing-reading about life, about being a human bean, about our world.
Anyway, sorry for my bad english. I hope you watch a great film today, and maybe it will change your mind.
Mars in Aries, It’s ok if you take cinephilia as some sort of sport statitstic. I mean, do whatever you want. But you don’t need to rub that on other people’s notions or tastes.
And Tomu Uchida is very well regarded, at least in japanese fil community, wich happens to be most relevant for a japanese filmmaker.
Films you didn't like initially, but now love 3 months ago
A lot of movies I watched when I was a teen and didn’t know what to expect.
Jia Zhang Ke’s work is the most recent case. I was rather underwhelmed when I saw Platfrom for the first time. I thought it was a little too long, there was no progression of the story and I felt no empathy the characters. I did loved Unknown Pleasures around that same time, probably for the angsty teen aspect. That club scene stayed with me for years.
So I watched Unknown Pleasures again this year and it struck me like a train. It’s definitely not just about teen angst, it’s about being almost completely lost in your life, in your country, in the world around you. There’s so much urgency, vitality and poetry in the way their lives is showed… I don’t know why I didn’t saw that before. Probably because I see cinema in a very different way now, less demanding of what I want (wich is ultimately very confusing) and more open to what cinema can say me or show me.
So anyway, that led to watching Still Life (wich is a masterpiece) and finally to rewatch Platform. And I can safely say that Platform is the greatest chinese film of all time. All those scenes I found empty the first time are now filled with subtles emotions that reach almost overwhelming levels. The chinese history context (wich went over my head the first time) made very clear the story progression, and it such a powerful and brutal statement that made me rethink completely my thoughts on the fifth generation ( wich I used to love) and even the purpose of cinema as a whole.
It was a life changing experience, to be honest. I’m rewatching a lot films for this reason. Probably gonna rewatch them a lot in the future.