Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim

This is incredible! It’s a feature-length collage of clips from other movies compiled to tell the events of a love story. At root the idea makes sense, because of course particular tropes are repeated ad infinitum eg boy bumps into girl, girl gets ready for date, the first argument etc etc But there is a lot of mileage in this (as well as a lot of work).

Yes it is predominantly heterosexual and thus in some way replicating heteronormativity, but it’s also a celebration  of cinema and kind of a spoof of the genre at the same time. It’s very funny and def worth seeing in the cinema. Two showings left in Robodamme!

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Ginger and Rosa

Ginger and Rosa isn’t that great. I gave it a 2 out of 5 on the post-film rating system, which was a bit harsh but it’s good to support films you like and punish the rest. It just didn’t really work well, despite some excellent supporting performances by the like of Timothy Spall.

Everything is on the level of the broadly drawn stereotype, with the wife who makes a pie to get her husband’s notice, teenage activism depicted in one meeting, a CND march consisting of some placards being waved, run-down London = a pile of rubble next to some gasworks etc etc

I think the problem lies not necessarily with the steroetyping since that’s a way of telling the story but with certain omissions in the story. For example, Ginger and Rosa never have a good old barney over something rather important which happens.

I felt some affinity with Ginger’s father, played by the eminently lickable Alessandro Nivola, since he has strong political beliefs and likes to write, but then he turns out to be a complete wanker who does something unforgivable and tries to justify it with weak philosophy … I hope I don’t do that hahahaha

Death Metal Angola

The director said he made this movie pretty much by accident. It’s pretty good, on a few levels. As a documentary it works and also as a contribution to the analysis of how music spreads. It’s pretty cool to see metal being played by Angolans although I wouldn’t call it death metal really. They do have the roaring vocal though.

NO

I sat on the love seat with Laura! Haha. Second row. And we shook hands with the guy who inspired the movie and was interviewed for 20 minutes before the screening so I felt well important.

 

Film list 2013

wed 23

nordwest

thurs 24

profugos

fri 25

fuck for forest

shanghai

springbreakers

sat 26

vinylmania

sun 27

paradies

me too

mon 28

no

tues 29

three seasons

final cut

death metal angola

odd couples

ginger and rosa

wed 30

hotte im paradies

létoile de jour

GFP bunny

thurs 31

lesson of the evil

fri 1 feb

tiger shorts 5

errors of the human body

za 2 feb

drug war

wasteland

the delivery guy

fuck for forest

is it possible to make ethical porn in a world dominated by hegemonic mainstream porn?

is it possible to help indigenous people by buying their land for them?

well the fuck for forest crew are making a lot of money (300,000 euro already given away, 600,000 euro in the bank) but this film documents how hard it is for them to help people.

i’ve been interested to find out if fuck for forest were exhibitionist idiots or cool hippies for a while and i’d say definitely the latter. fair play to them for doing what they do, although the film is fairly objective and certainly from the q+a session afterwards it seemed to provoke a range of opinions about them. it’s interesting also that the founder two people, who kind of seem like the drivers of the project don’t really feature much, which is a shame.

spring breakers

hmmm….. is this a return to form for harmony korine (along the lines of julien donkey boy and gummo) or a piss-take (like trash humpers)??

it’s hard to say… i liked this despite it being an extended music video with lots of breasts and bling. this is hyper-reality. this is perhaps how people should be makign films today. it can be read as a feminist movie. it can be seen as high art about low culture. or did he simply want to hang out with ex-dsiney actresses and rappers? or both?

most people seem to have hated it. the people sitting next to me in pathe1 guzzling popcorn maybe came because skrillex is on the soundtrack and enjoyed it, that’s also cool, but it feels to me that korine is an amazing auteur who is exploring a theme which is central to his work since kids, namely finding significance in youthful rebellion. but maybe he is taking the piss.

it’ll be interesting to see what he does next.