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Great topic, I’m adding all the links to my RSS reader now :)
I really like fourfour.typepad.com. He doesn’t write about film as much as I would like but I really enjoy it when he does. It is America’s Next Top Model season after all…
another favorite is theoisjonesing.tumblr.com.
and http://community.livejournal.com/film_stills cause i love film stills
Stills and quotes
Animals, gratuitous violence, abstract poetry, ukuleles, film, great moments in Chinese history
I haven’t maintained my blog in forever, but I write at thegoldknight.com sometimes.
Um, I have the greatest film blog in the world here:
I’m at nomorepopcorn.wordpress.com. I try to update every week or so, and write about rotating topics. I’d always love to get more traffic!
Running a movie quiz (screens) at my blog
i got to figure out how to make a thread like the one i started in the filmspotting forums,
…so people can participate here in the mubi forums.
Just reviving this thread to post what I think is an exceptional and fascinating film blog done by a long-time contributor to this forum (who may be a bit shy about posting it):
This site features great, concise reviews; lots of information for cinephiles of all levels; has key recommended films by year and decade; good coverage of world cinema. This reflects the wide-ranging and eclectic tastes of the blogger.
Here, for example, are his picks for 2010 and 2011:
Poetry (Lee Chang-dong)
Another Year (Mike Leigh)
Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
Enter The Void (Gaspar Noe)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine)
Carnage (Roman Polanski)
Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen)
Here is a sample review:
The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko – USSR – 1977)
If you’re looking for a world war two film from Russia there’s quite a few great ones to choose from and this would be my pick as the best of the bunch. The Ascent is the story of a band of Russian partisans battling German patrols in the depths of a snowy Russian winter during world war two. Although it starts off with a large contingent of resistance fighters, we soon focus on two of their number who head off to a nearby Belarusian village in search of food. It’s not long until one of them is wounded and both end up in the hands of the Germans. Although the first half of the film is extremely tense and exciting it soon becomes clear this isn’t a simple action film, but is concerned with much larger issues – of patriotism, dignity, cowardice, and betrayal, basically how people behave in impossibly difficult situations, the decisions they force from people and the trauma they bring to bear on the human psyche. The two characters are illustrations of two divergent personality types and it’s fascinating watching them face the same situations in very different ways – one is focussed on ensuring his own survival to fight another day, and the other is willing to become a martyr for their cause. The film is sure to give all but the most blindly patriotic zealots pause for thought regarding what it means to fight for an ideology. On a technical level this is outstanding filmmaking – from the gorgeous black and white photography to the instinctive feel for whatever kind of technique is required in any given scene to an interesting use of the black and white format. The attentive viewer may notice the first half of the film is predominantly white – which matches the protagonists simple, uncluttered objective of survival, but things gradually move towards black to match the more murky and complicated psychology at work. It’s a seamlessly realistic portrayal of the effects of the brutality of war on the human spirit that builds to a devastating climax, every bit the equal of Shepitka’s husband Elem Klimov’s Come And See.
Checkout this informative and continually updated blog!
DAEMON BOX – my blog :)
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