Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Lord

Lord of the Flies. Împăratul muştelor. Cartea perfectă de citit în paralel cu Battle Royale. Am luat cartea de pe raft însă nu cu intenţia de a o începe imediat. Nu. Acum era timpul pentru un film. Higher Ground. Higher Ground, în care Corinne (McKenzie Turner) primeşte de la bibliotecară acea privire not-for-kids-and-definitely-not-for-kids-who-go-to-church-on-Sundays când vrea să împrumute Lord of the Flies. Mai târziu însă, aceeaşi Corinne (şi totuşi alta, Taissa Farmiga) a învăţat să se ferească de cenzori.

Higher Ground (Vera Farmiga, 2011)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Into the Abyss (à la chinoise)

Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011)

+ China's Death-Row Reality Show at NYR Blog

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Darkness, Suddenly

The making of Winter's Bone (Debra Granik, 2010)

Monday, March 26, 2012

This Is America

Thieves Like Us (Robert Altman, 1974)

In Thieves Like Us, the ever-so-present Coca-Cola becomes synonymous with America.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Îngheţată asortată #6

Batoru rowaiaru/ Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)

The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20: Masterclass Eduardo Lucatero

I don't have the chance to go to many film events (small festivals, one time screenings, screenings followed by Q&As, etc.). (Most of the times it's because of my living situation, i.e. not in Cluj, but sometimes it's also because I'm undecided and socially awkward.) So: I was really excited when I heard about a masterclass organized by the French Institute that, time-wise, I could actually attend. (For about two or three years now, the French Institute in Cluj has been organizing a lot of film events / screenings and it's mostly thanks to this awesome lady.)

Today I woke up real' early (actually, I didn't sleep much last night) and took a train to Cluj. But here's the thing: I wasn't sure it was okay for me to stay for the class, since I'm not a film student. Luckily, it was okay. I felt like an intruder pretty much the whole time, but I'm glad I went.

The masterclass given by the Mexican director Eduardo Lucatero was part of Les Journées du Film Francophone: Spécial Québec, where Lucatero presents his Canadian documentary, Les Vivants.

For the film students at Sapientia University, Lucatero had a number of tips on finding a story, writing the screenplay, working with actors, shooting, and finding (financial) resources. His talk might not have brought any new information, yet I still found it valuable. It was the type of "go write your story! go film it!" type of motivational talk, and from time to time one needs just that. Hell, I myself felt motivated by it. I avoid writing film criticism (because I haven't seen enough films, because I haven't read enough film books, etc. etc.), but ultimately, I just need to write something. Anything.

Later on, Lucatero demonstrated with excerpts from two of his own films, which was the part of the masterclass I found quite useful. There are a few technicalities which, when exemplified like that, are much easier to remember. And really, this is the main reason for which I wanted to attend a film masterclass. I need to learn the technicalities of the filmmaking process. As Porumboiu once pointed out, there are too many reviewers out there who don't write film reviews. They write high school literary analyses. I mean, don't get me wrong - I don't think a review should be full of technicalities that only filmmakers will get, but you do need to mention a few details. You can't write reviews that are all summary (summary?! what am I talking about? I have read "reviews" that describe the entire film, scene by scene; I've often wondered: what do these ppl do? do they take notes during the whole film or is their memory that good?) , make zero film references and call that film criticism. Anyways, the two films:

Les Vivants is a documentary shot in Montreal, Canada about people who dedicate their working lives to Thanatos. You can see it tomorrow, at Victoria, at 8 p.m. (Unfortunately, I later realized I can't use my invitation - I depend on mersultrenurilor and 8 p.m. is a little too late for me. The first time I get an invitation to a film screening, and I can't use it, ufa.)

(I'll have to admit I did feel kinda lame when Lucatero said the first comparisons ppl make are to Six Feet Under and Okuribito/ Departures because Six Feet Under was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the trailer.)

Technical details: shot in widescreen (which, apparently, is an unusual choice for a documentary).

Les Vivants (Eduardo Lucatero, 2011)

Preludio is not the film to which YouTube directed me when I searched "preludio trailer", and thank god for that. Preludio is carried by two characters, which is a type of film Lucatero suggested was risky - in terms of audience response, I guess. But we all know there are quite a few films with only two characters that work wonderfully. (Abed knows what I'm talking about.)

Technical details: filmed in one shot, with a Red camera.

Preludio (Eduardo Lucatero, 2010)

What you (you, accidental reader) need to remember from this all-over-the-place post is this: if you have the chance to go to a masterclass on film or to screenings followed by a Q&A, go! I'll probably hate you for it, but go (I'm not immune to fomo, on the contrary). Just don't be selfish and remember to post a few notes online so that those less fortunate, like myself, at least know what we've missed.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Astra Film On Tour 2012 (x3)

Ce am văzut la Astra Film On Tour: Păcătoasa Teodora (Anca Hirte, 2011), Noi doi (Claudiu Mitcu, 2011), Village Without Women (Srdjan Sarenac, 2010).

Ce vreau să revăd, cât mai curând posibil (DVD, please!):

TRAILER TEODORA PECHERESSE from eugen kelemen on Vimeo.
Anca Hirte | France, Romania | 2011 | 86'

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Let's dance! #4

Ana, Irene & Maite dance to Jeanette's Porque te vas in Cría cuervos... (Carlos Saura, 1976)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tumbling #2

L'année dernière à Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)
(source: "IWDRM", gif)

Movie-tumblr recommendation #2:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cântece cu film #7

Cântecul: Insieme a te non ci sto più, Caterina Caselli

Filmul: Arrivederci amore, ciao (Michele Soavi, 2006)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tumbling #1

Ingrid Bergman & Salvador Dalí on the set of Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945)
(source: "Old Hollywood")

Movie-tumblr recommendation #1:
Old Hollywood

Friday, March 2, 2012


My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
"But how to escape one's city? How to wake oneself enough for the frightening task? How to find one's way out?"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Good Conversationalist

Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1990)

The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman, 1998)

The strength of Whit Stillman's films lies in the flow of the dialogue. It's why I'm looking forward to seeing Damsels in Distress. In addition to Aubrey Plaza and Greta Gerwig.