Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where'd ya find such wonderful people?


Though On The Road as a whole fell a little flat for me - this scene is awesome. I hereby name it best dance scene of 2013. The End.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

That girl thinks she's the Queen of the Neightbourhood / I've got news for you she is!


Produced by Eleanor McDowall

I always want to listen to nothing but Huggy Bear, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, when something like this comes along, cause I always seem to forgot y'kow? Also remembering about Riot Grrrl is the best kind of remembering there is.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

"Among her favorite words: servile, boring, exemplary, serious, grotesque."



I thought I'd already posted the pictures of Susan Sontag who I love more as a person, than I love her writing, and I love her writing. After FINALLY reading the wonderful book on Sontag Sempre Susan, I'm more in love with her than ever. I especially love her conviction in eschewing likability for purity of spirit and authenticity. Also Sigrid Nunez is an amazingly fluid writer, reading her is like wandering around your own thoughts. My terrible habit of underlining ridiculous passages that I will possibly regret later has returned with vengeance!

I can't recommend this book enough, I truly luff it, and 2 f's are perhaps not enough. Also, I've started reading again, will wonders never cease? It could be my new job, and the fact that every time I secure a permanent position my life takes a contemplative and monastic turn. We'll see.

Also in other news - Agnes Varda and Susan Sontag together? I die!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Après mai


One of my biggest regrets was missing the Olivier Assayas newie at TIFF. One of my all time fave directors, I definitely am excited for this take on the French 60s from him, looks like lots of shades of Bresson as well, which is never a bad thing!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Losing You


On repeat - couldn't be more glad Solange has finally come through with the jams to rival her sis!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Lovin'


My friend Jon makes the most amazing video compilations of his friends, this is the most epic one he's made so far, and I love it more than words can say. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mother's Day


 Imitation of Life - Douglas Sirk

I love films about the relationship between kids and their Mums. Other faves include Dolan's I Killed My Mother, Mildred Pierce, Mermaids and Grey Gardens.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

TDKR


So I saw Batman, it wasn't as good as this picture.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Huh?




Crushing hard on this guy right now - how can you not love someone whose last name is Spaceman? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Yes, I can see now."


Claire Denis - Beau Travail


Tsai Ming-Liang - Vive L'Amour

Two of my favourite movie endings. The more movies I see from the 90s the more convinced I am that its the greatest period of filmmaking ever.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fuck Prometheus


I just did a post on films I'm excited about and completely missed this little beauty - of course. Beyond the Black Rainbow is showing AMC somehow (for the non-North Americans its like Hoyts or similar super commercial cinema) but it looks friggin rad - Jodorosky x Daft Punky x sci-fi vibes all over it! Also its CDN!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Films I'm excited for in 2012 now that its nearly over

People keep asking me what films I'm excited for in 2012. Maybe because this year has been relatively light on so far in terms of good films - at least arthouse-indie stuff. The films that jump out at me as being must-sees that I was really excited about seeing so far were all massive blockbusters like "The Hunger Games", "MI-4", "The Avengers" et al, hey I didn't even hate "John Carter". 


Sure I saw "Damsels in Distress" last week (possibly 1 of only a hundred odd that saw it as it shifted cinemas in Toronto weekly before it jumped outta here) and sure it was great, but I also saw it back in 2011, which was a long enough time ago now (eep!). So there was also "Cabin in The Woods" and it may have been indie and kitschy but it is that it (at least so far) 2012? Searching back in recent memory I'd have to say so, and thats a little bit lame.

Not quite a blockbuster in the vein of the above but shout out to the "21 Jump St" remake, I saw it when I was kicked out of my apartment in New York, 6 hours before I had to board a 12 hour bus back to Toronto, and had the first of many sinus infections that lasted all Spring (not allergies, seriously I wish). Anyway, obvsi I had super low expectations, I didn't even care about the first "21 Jump St" series, but it was AWESOME. Fittingly enough if 2012 is about return of the blockbuster with a heart and a brain, then its also about the return of the movie star with versatility. I'm almost surprised I'm talking about Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum here, but having seen Hill in both "Moneyball" and Tatum in "Haywire", as well as both in "21 Jump St", they've quickly become my favourite stars of at least the first half of 2012.  Also cautiously optimistic about the future career of Dave Franco, because I'm trying to forcibly forget everything the other Franco bro has done since "Pineapple Express", and if I could IRL hide/block/whatever updates from this guy for the future, goddamn you know I would. However little Franco - hope for the world, fingers crossed.

I should note as well, I'm also super excited about the resurrection of James Marsden - thanks "30 Rock" - I feel like I haven't seen that guy since "Disturbing Behaviour" and now he's not only on one of my fave shows but one of my most highly anticipated 2012 flicks! 

Anways here are some films I'm excited about for the rest of 2012 - not all indie and arthouse, but like I'm going to make a list without Batman -


Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson - To be honest, I haven't really loved a Wes Anderson since The Royal Tenenbaums, and I really didn't like The Life Aquatic. However I haven't spoken to anyone that doesn't love this film. Plus everyone already thinks I'm obsessed with it, why fight it?


Lawrence Anways - Xavier Dolan - My love for Xavier Dolan is no secret, I think he's a total genius and I will watch everything he does numerous times.


The Master - PT Anderson -  PT's aptly titled Master (because he is one), 


Bacherlorette - Leslye Headland  - I posted about Leslye back around Sundance, because she's pretty awesome, and the cast for this film seem pretty awesome, in particular Lizzy Caplan and James Marsden.


Spring Breakers - Harmony Korine - Harmony and Disney Kids? Sounds Awesome.


To Rome With Love  -Woody Allen- New Woody Allen, always a must see - also Woody and Judy Davis together are my favessss.


Killer Joe - William Friedkin - Friedkin does Southern noir, yes please.


Dark Knight Rises - Christopher Nolan- Nolan forevs. Also JGL, minus points for trying to make Anne Hathaway sexy.


Armour - Michael Haneke - Since we're sans Von Trier this year, I guess a new Haneke will do.


On The Road - Walter Salles - I don't care what anyone says, I hate this book, but I'm gagging to see this movie. I absolutely adore Kristen Stewart and this film almost looks like someone took a Tom Ford film and rolled it in sweat and dirt - poifect.


Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin - I'm basing this on the young kids touching coming-of-age adventure vibes of the trailer.


Looper  - Rian Johnson - I love me some JGL and Bruce, also kind of just looks like Inception style stuff with more JGL (heart). Also I liked Brick AND the Brothers Bloom - haters step off.


Magic Mike  - Steven Soderbergh - See Above, also Soderbergh is always interesting.

Honorable mentions:  "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" and "Union Square", I saw them both at TIFF last year, both are aces. Also cutesy indies "Celeste and Jesse Forever" for Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones, "Safety Not Guaranteed" for Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza, love you guys and want you to make good films. "Mud", "A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III", "Inside Llewyn Davis" - newies from Jeff Nichols, Roman Coppola and Coen Bros - always exciting. The "Loneliest Planet" and "Samsara" are two that I missed at TIFF and am dyyyyyyying to catch on the release rebound.

Monday, May 28, 2012


The Royal Tenenbaums  - Wes Anderson


Au Revoir Taipei - Arvin Chen


Chungking Express - Wong Kar Wai

I woke up with weird urge to go on a juice cleanse and watch all of these films today.

Thursday, May 10, 2012



Two dreamy summer vids courtesy of Trailer Trash Tracy's and Kitty Pryde.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


I just love this woman - that Hamish guy aint half bad either

Also I have these shoes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012



“Being in love (l’amour fou) a pathological variant of loving. Being in love = addiction, obsession, exclusion of others, insatiable demand for presence, paralysis of other interests and activities. A disease of love, a fever (therefore exalting). One “falls” in love. But this is one disease which, if one must have it, is better to have often rather than infrequently. It’s less mad to fall in love often (less inaccurate for there are many wonderful people in the world) than only two or three times in one’s life. Or maybe it’s better always to be in love with several people at any given time.”

- Susan Sontag

Laurence Anways


Xavier Dolan's lush looking trailer, going to Cannes in a couple of weeks, better be coming to TIFF 2012 in a few months.

Sunday, April 29, 2012



"I cannot believe, in retrospect, that I was ever conned into believing that talking about feelings with a dude you were hooking up with was this embarrassing uncool thing that only clingy girls did. Today, if somebody I was boning, however casually, got judge-y or weird on me because I tried to have a conversation about my feelings, I would laugh out loud, walk out and then make fun of him to all my friends. Seriously? Feelings are not spiders or the Ebola virus. If a guy gets “scared” when you try to discuss yours with him, you should dump him and find a new hookup buddy who isn’t terrified about something that your average kindergartner can handle hearing about on Sesame Street."

 - from the comments section of The Hairpin via Sex Myth

I'm sure there are some great pieces written about how "clingy" (right after crazy) is the best scare tactic ever invented by emotionally withdrawn commitment-ambivalent men. Feel free to send my way if you find any.

UPDATE via The Gloss "Lady, You Aren't Really 'Crazy'"

Friday, April 27, 2012

When you see me walking around with him. I'm not just another chick. I'm his girl


Friends - I'm His Girl


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I love you. That's the matter.


A scene from 'Four Nights of A Dreamer" a super rare Bresson print I saw in the cinema last year. You can, of course watch the whole thing here on the YouTubes.

Also I wrote this about Four Nights of A Dreamer and a bunch of other Bresson gems, that you should watch ASAP.

Werner Herzog on John Waters


“For me a chair is a chair — and I do not reference to other possibilities … For me, a man is a man. I cannot distinguish a gay man from a straight man. I just cannot distinguish … After 35 years of knowing John Waters I turn to my wife and I said to her, ‘I have the feeling that this man is gay.’”…which is in a way wonderful, because I took him as John Waters,” Herzog shared. “And I love the man, I love him dearly, he’s a wonderful … he’s the boldest of the bold filmmakers. I wish I had the guts of this man, and he’s very, very dear to my heart — but for me this is a man. Yes, a man is a man.” Herzog went on to add, “How vaz I to know zat ziss man, who directed Hairspray, vas a gay? I had no clue. Now, if it vas za Hairspray remake, anyone could see zat ziss ist gayer zan Elton John blowing za unicorn. Not zat it matter, uff course, a man eez a man, gay or straight. As long as he ist not a cheekan, a filthy, idiotic animal I murder mit mein bare hands vissout remorse. Eez poetry.”
 - Werner Herzog on John Waters

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ms.45


Just watched Abel Ferrara's rape revenge movie Ms. 45. I haven't seen heaps of his stuff, but I was really struck by Zoe Lund in a clip I saw randomly on YouTube so I just had to watch the whole thing, about 60 minutes. Lund is totally amazing as the victim turned vigilante, also she's mute, which makes acting even more of a challenge.

Ferrara owns the streets of NYC. Also the costumes really kick ass.

Monday, April 9, 2012

WANT / NEED








The Loneliest Job in the World | Tony Hoagland

As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me?,
you are completely screwed, because
the next question is How Much?,

and then it is hundreds of hours later,
and you are still hunched over
your flowcharts and abacus,

trying to decide if you have gotten enough.
This is the loneliest job in the world:
to be an accountant of the heart.

It is late at night. You are by yourself,
and all around you, you can hear
the sounds of people moving

in and out of love,
pushing the turnstiles, putting
their coins in the slots,

paying the price which is asked,
which constantly changes.
No one knows why.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

To Whit

Is that a genre you’d always liked and wanted to do your take?I actually wanted to do Will Ferrell movies. I love Will Ferrell and would love to do a movie with him or with Bill Murray, Steve Martin. I like those comic actors. I think they’re really great. I never got offered the kind of script that I’d want to do with them. And so I think in this case I think I sort of wrote 1/3 a sort of young Will Ferrell comedy with these guys, so that was a happy experience. Since I didn’t get offered those kind of films, I could write one myself, or at least 1/3 of one.

Did you get anywhere talking with those comedians and developing projects with them?Yeah, I’ve met Steve Martin and I’ve met Will Ferrell, had really, really nice meetings with them. I’ve never met Bill Murray. I really like those guys. I think actually Bill Murray’s the secret weapon of indie comedies because the great indie comedies he seems to be in.
I had a Whit Stillman marathon this week in prep for a feature for The Playlist, and also why not? This interview reminded me why I totally adore this man. Also vintage photo above = 90s UHB babe!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Want To Go On A Roman Holiday


I love how Woody does a film a year, its so reliable, he's my rock of the filmic calender. And its finally here! The trailer for Roman Holiday!

Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen = The BEST!

I've always wanted to go Rome, 2013? You never know!

Thursday, March 29, 2012



“I love Whit Stillman,” Dunham tells me. “I love his work so much, but it’s—it’s rarefied in a way I don’t want to be. It’s so specific.” Woody Allen made that leap, she pointed out: The country saw themselves in him. “I love Noah Baumbach. I love Nicole Holofcener. I love James L. Brooks. I’m crazy about Mike Leigh: Career Girls!”

This lady! I love how Lena Dunham and I pretty much have the same taste in film - and that I like her movies. Hence why I cried a lonely tear when I saw she'd arranged this series at BAM (one of my fave cinemas in NYC) called Hey Girlfriend! and that I won't be there for the Chris Eigman and Whit Stillman chat.  Pretty much going to move to BK later this year to make sure this never happens again.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

You Changed Me

SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE - YOU CHANGED ME from Angus Borsos on Vimeo.

Kinda love this guy. Miss you Canada.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bobbin Bicycles - Style Film from Miles Langley on Vimeo.



Not that there is not enough pro-bicycle propaganda out there, that I don't feel guilty everyday for not riding my bike, which I don't do because of lack of insurance, lack of bike lanes in TO, and lack of confidence in my own bike experience - BUT this really makes me want to be a BIKE person on this particular bike.

I can hypnotize a pancake


Luna - Teenage Lightning

My love for Bruce Springsteen knows no bounds, so no big surprise that I love this. Its a long video, so I copy-and-pasted a highlight below, as incentive.

“Open your ears, open your hearts. Don’t take yourselves too seriously and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have iron clad confidence. But doubt! It keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town and you suck. It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideas alive and well in your heart and head at all times. If it does not drive you crazy it will make you strong. Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.”

Thursday, March 8, 2012


So excited for the return of Community next week!

Dream woman


Playing 'Where is My Mind' on bass is oddly satisfying, and 'resisting the urge to over-elaborate', is my new motto.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Armaggedon, Armageddon and Jheosaphat, how may I direct your call?


2011 was the year I met Whit Stillman, hopefully 2012 will be the year I meet Hal Hartley, but at least I KNOW  I'm seeing him in a Q and A in March at IFC for a Book of Life screening, which randomly coincides with my trip to NYC between contracts. Now I just have to meet Noah Baumbach and Richard Linklater and my 90s verbose slacker film dreams will have all come true.

Consolation prize for missing out on Fiona Apple tickets :/

PS In other Hal Hartley news I wrote about his films and got to share my obsession with limerance here

Friday, February 24, 2012

Still, as TV has taught us, the single-occupant home can be a breeding ground for eccentricities. Think of Claire Danes’s C.I.A. employee in “Homeland,” who turns her Georgetown one-bedroom into a control bunker for an ad hoc spying operation.
Gee thanks NY Times for explaining to me the dangers of living alone - that I may develop bi-polar and turn my bachelor pad into a illegal surveillance unit. At least I can stop worrying about being nearly 30 and living in a tiny room in split level share-house in Toronto with no living room, because - ah! - I have housemates - and they will stop me from turning into Kramer from Seinfeld.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye


I saw Marie Losier's film 'The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye' earlier this year at Hot Docs, actually I think it was the last film I saw at Hot Docs. Either way it was totally beautiful and a great way to end the festival, Losier manages to make her film in enough of an off-kilter way to be interesting without being emotional void and alienating - which is harder than it sounds. In fact that careful emotional line it treads is the best part of  the film, which is all the way affecting and moving, without being too heavy.

Its screening at ACMI this week with a Q and A from THE Genesis P-Orridge doing a Q and A - couldn't be more jealous!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Electrick Children

Trailer from Electrick Children on Vimeo.


Is it bad that I want to see a film because 1) it has an excellent slo-mo x song combo over bike riding/skateboarding/live band playing and 2) because boys with long hair = swoon and 3) CULKIN! (I love them all, though Kieran is my fave)? UGH SXSW why am I not seeing you in 2012?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Leslye Headland, I think I love you!


So, let's start with the million-dollar question. I'm curious about your thoughts on this whole women-in-comedy revolution that the press keeps talking about. Looking back, I think women have always had such a strong voice in comedy in the movies, going as far back as Marion Davies or Anita Loos or Dorothy Arzner. There's an important legacy there. What do you think about the hubbub?
I haven't been a writer for hire for very long. I've only been doing it for three or four years. I was doing my plays and putting them up in black boxes and all that kind of stuff, but in my experience in the studio work for the very first time, I was really surprised about how intense they were about likeable female characters. I never thought of my characters as unlikeable. Ever. I thought I was writing women and that was that, you know? And then it just became this thing where they would say, "It makes her unlikeable if she does blank." I don't understand that.
What would be an example of "blank"?
The example I like to use is that "Sleepless in Seattle" would never be made now, because she has a nice guy and a nice life, and her only problem is that she's miserable and unhappy and she doesn't know why. And she hears this guy on the radio and she starts to fall in love with the idea of this man, and believes that they're soulmates and all that. But if I were to pitch that movie today, they'd say, "Well, she can't have a fiancé, because that would make her unlikeable." Does that make sense?
Yeah, I think that's totally true.
I really do firmly believe that. That's a hypothetical conversation. Of course, I've never had that exact one. But you get these romantic comedies with women in the last 10 or 15 years where... If "Reality Bites" were made today, she would probably end up with Ben Stiller. It's like, you get these women at the beginning of these movies and they're fine. They don't have any problems and it's because they're not allowed to have any problems.
  - Excerpt from Leslye Headland's interview with Indiewire.

This girl! I'm so excited to see her film, and read a whole more about what she has to say about her film - Bachlorette - clip below!



Also I can't believe its been 6 years since the last one.

How To: Throw Yourself a Pity Party

Speaking of staying in....
How To: Throw Yourself a Pity Party
Provisions:
1. Alcohol. Whatever floats your boat.2. Lounging gear. Opt for cozy knits and a warm water bottle to hug.3. Food. Sometimes only ice cream will do the trick.4. Music, Movies & Journaling. I’ve watched Casablanca since high school and it still does the trick. I also posted my weepiest tunes on 8tracks and Spotify. Totally subjective and personal, but yeah, Radiohead makes me bawl.
Best Practices (for good measure):
1. Lay off the social media. This is an intimate party and odds are you’re not your “best self” in this state of mind. And let’s be honest, it’s probably pretty irritating to everyone else, too.2. Reach out to someone you can trust if you need support. Talking through things often helps us move on.3. Remember that everything looks better in the morning light. You’ll feel better tomorrow, I promise.
 (via Wit and Delight)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spending a Weekend In (AKA things to do in the winter)

Trying to learn how to braid my hair (wheres a My Little Pony when you need one?). My hair is super long (for me) at the moment, I want to get some non-ponytail ways to get it off my sweaty neck for summer. I never mastered a top knot, but milk maid braids and a side plait seem to be working slightly better for me. Guides courtesy of Refinery 29 - here, here and here - who have also informed me that braids are "out" this season - nerds! Regardless I will master the fishtail fishbone and possibly the french braid yet.




Making a million different soups - mushroom, pumpkin, kale, spinach, carrot, pepper, etc! Before I was "healthy", yet still broke and lazy, I used to bring in a loaf of bread, cheese, tomato and ham for lunch, it was the best - so easy, so cheap. Then I went through a "healthy" phase of eating salad for lunch everyday. Biggest pain in the ass ever, seriously, bringing all that salad crap to work every week, then making the salad, oi vei, all that extra time spent in a communal kitchen trying to avoid awkward work conversations, no thank you! I've since discovered soup which is just as healthy (kind-of) and involved bringing a tupperware to work and about 1-2 minutes in said kitchen (best of both worlds, for the anti-social, awkward and lazy)! PS when in doubt look to Martha.



Reading the entire Hunger Games series, while listening to the new Sharon Van Etten album - preferably in the bath. Re-watching 30 Rock and/or Bored to death can also replace the Hunger Games here.



Picking a director and watch everything by them, I've done this before with Woody Allen, John Cassavetes and Robert Bresson, and at the moment I'm trying to do it with Italian Neorealism - loving Ermanno Olmi so far, we'll see about the rest.




Trying to learn to play Stooges and Ramones songs on the bass, I don't want to play well, I just want to play fast!

See you on the other side!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Working List of Things I Will Never Tell You by Jon Sands

When I said I wasn’t with another girl
the January after we fell in love for the 3rd time,
it’s because it wasn’t actual sex.

In the February that began our radio silence,
it was actual sex. I hate the tight shirts
that go below your waistline.

Not only do they make you look too young,
but then your torso is a giraffe’s neck attached to tiny legs.
I screamed at myself in the subway

for writing poems about you still.
I made a scene. I think about you almost
each morning, and roughly every five days, I still

believe you’re there.
I still masturbate to you.
When we got really bad,

I would put another coat of mop water on the floor of the bar
to make sure you were asleep when I got to my side of the bed.
You are the only person to whom I’ve lied, knowing

I was telling the truth. I miss the way your neck
wraps around my face like a cave we are both lost in.
I remember when you said being with me

is like being alone with company.
My friend Sarah wrote a poem about pink ponies.
I’m scared you’re my pink pony.

Hers is dead. It is really sad. You’re not dead.
You live in Ohio, or Washington, or Wherever.
You are a shadow my body leaves on other girls.

I have a growing queue of things I know
will make you laugh and I don’t know where to put them.
I mourn like you’re dead. If you had asked me to stay,

I would not have said no.
It would never mean yes

Does the Future Seem Hopeless To You?


Its Saturday night and I'm trying to catch up on my Italian Neorealism this Winter. Considering my trauma relating to Bicycle Thieves, you can probably understand why this is isn't a film movement I have embraced the same why I did Screwball Comedies or French New Wave. In fact the above pretty much sums up my feelings about Italian Neorealism, but I've nervously begun attempting to watch at least a little more. I think its all about where you start with certain directors e.g. don't watch Faces as your first Cassavettes (if you're a depressive type) and then follow it with Love Streams and Opening Night (which of course I love, but seriously? Temper it with Gloria or Minne and Moskowitz), you could say the same thing about diving into the most recent Godard etc etc. Anyway point is I'm restarting with Il Posto and I Fidantzati, which don't seem quite so brutal, but I still teared up at the interview scene above (even though its kind of funny in its own way). 

However I'm still sure it will be a cold day in hell before I settle in to watch Shoeshine or Umberto D. though.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"I sleep all day and I crank all night"


I missed a month in mixtape making, 'cause I was too busy being unemployed. However I've finally made a new one, with my new fave track of 2012, so far.

Mozart's Sister is from Montreal, and I think she's going to be big in 2012. Just saying.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jealous? Jalouse.

Une Fille Comme Les Autres from Jalouse blog on Vimeo.


I love this and PS YES! I still want her hair, her outfits, and to live in France, BUT I wont' be buying Jalouse any time soon, 'cause really, who cares?

Matthew Frost, you are a bit of a genius.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New favourite director ALERT!



I saw Joachim Trier's film, 'Oslo, 31 August' at TIFF last year, and I totally loved everything about it. Understated, starring semi-hip 20-somethings, who are contemplative and somewhat morose, quirky narrative style - yes, I'm SO on board! Not that I want in anyway to reduce a beautiful, affecting, work of art like 'Oslo, 31 August' to a bunch of conventions that I just happen to always love, because well, its better than that. Definitely one of my faves of last year, that I feel like not many people saw, and as such, I'm kicking myself that I forgot it for The Playlist Underrated/Overrated.

I'm also halfway through Reprise (his first film), and I can't believe I love it as much as 'Oslo, 31 August', maybe more! I hope I don't have to wait another 5 years for the next Joachim Trier movie (say it ain't so).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“There's a lot of things in life worth living for, isn't there.”


Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)  - George Kuchar

I finally saw It Came from Kuchar, which was so good and so inspiring, I totally recommend it. The Kuchar's has such a positive can-do attitude towards film making, which I feel is rare, at least among me and my friends, we are more likely to obsess over 5 seconds rather than just make something 5 minutes thats pretty good.

I've also really got to track down some of their films, but the clips I saw from Hold Me While I'm Naked, especially resonated with me, and the ending!