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2013 my year in films: February

by Dominic Simard-Jean
Let’s just hope I won’t be a lazy fuck this month and I’ll get some movie watched. Black Sun, Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1964 Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966 Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes, 2002 The Saddest Music In The World, Guy Maddin, 2003 General Idi Amin Dada, Barbet Schroeder, 1974 The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg, 1998 1. La Strada: B-, I don’t know why, I didn’t found the story that compelling. It had some strong emotional moments, but so few of them, I don’t know, I guess Fellini is just not for me. 2. Easy Rider: C, As much as I’d love doing it, the combination of pot and moviemaking just isn’t a good match. This is a completely not cohesive… Read more

Let’s just hope I won’t be a lazy fuck this month and I’ll get some movie watched.


Black Sun, Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1964


Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966


Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes, 2002


The Saddest Music In The World, Guy Maddin, 2003


General Idi Amin Dada, Barbet Schroeder, 1974


The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg, 1998

1. La Strada: B-, I don’t know why, I didn’t found the story that compelling. It had some strong emotional moments, but so few of them, I don’t know, I guess Fellini is just not for me.
2. Easy Rider: C, As much as I’d love doing it, the combination of pot and moviemaking just isn’t a good match. This is a completely not cohesive that just ends up being a total mess in the end.
3. Black Sun: B+, A real pretty mess that is. Jazzzzzy.
4. Skyfall: C+, While the execution is quite excellent, the script is quite problematic and most of all, terribly balanced.
5. Au Hasard Balthazar: B+, While being sometime too cryptic and subtle in its message in this one, Bresson is Bresson. By the act of filmmaking, he is creating emotions, not evoking them to the viewers, creating them. Every time the donkey was hit and beaten, I felt despair like I never felt it before.
6. Classes Tous Risques: B, An able and well-done french noir, very enthralling, but ultimately lack that little thing that could have made it as good as a Melville or others.
7. The Informant!: B, While this remains fairly average and even forgettable, I certainly had a great time watching it. Soderbergh knows how to make a good pleasing film, and the script, I think, is quite excellent.
8. Far From Heaven: A-, Go read my full review for all the details, it’s worth it.
9. Bestiaire: B, I feel like it is really hard to make a perfect contemplative film, some of the shots just seemed useless or improvised and the subject wasn’t that much well defined, but still, it’s a remarkable piece of art.
10. The Saddest Music In The World: A-, This shit is fucking funny.
11. Seven Psychopaths: B+, I expected to hate it, and I really liked it, mostly because of the dialogue. This is just fun and cleverness.
12. Argo: B, I really didn’t like Affleck’s character and this was a bit to patriotic, but overall, it’s a well done and satisfying entertainment. But the Oscar, god, no.
13. General Idi Amin Dada: A, One of the best character examination I’ve seen. Dada is a fascinating figure, and by letting himself tell the story, we see Dada the man, not Dada the monster. But, the way the monster creeps sometimes into his persona is absolutely fascinating.
14. The Celebration: A, A glorious statement, I preferred it much more than Von Trier’s Idioten. Some of the finest black humor, but mostly, the film is as brave as it gets, and I am very impressed with that.
15. Jeff, Who Lives At Home: B, FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS
16. Lovers On The Bridge: A+, One of the most fantastic cinema lesson in 2 hours. Everything is there.
17. Kids: D, What a bunch of fucking assholes I didn’t care one fucking bit about. Bring that Gummo style, not that shitty rendition or city life. Everything is just so useless and idiotic when it tries to make sense. Fuck you.
Rewatch:
1. PressPausePlay: B-, Watched this for a class a week after I actually watched it first. Totally depressing again.

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