I saw Right Now, Wrong Then at your recommendation... that scene at the end outside the theater... it felt like I was being hugged by a thousand angels! What a tender film with all its lingering takes, chilling quietness, harrowing what-ifs, lost prospects. I had Before Sunset callbacks of love-found-and-lost, which is in no way a bad thing. And Kim Min-hee's performance is so surprisingly bluff, disguising a pent-up fury and sadness under a superficial softness. Might be my second or third favorite Hong feature, and by far his most romantic!
Sorry I haven't been around, been busy with my course! How you been?
I've never actually seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but Juno is good (once you get passed the first 10 minutes of godawful dialogue). My favourite film of that era is probably I Love You, Man, with Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. I don't know why it's fallen off the cultural radar in the way that FSM/Superbad/anything Judd Apatow, as it is, to my mind, the best version of this type of modern male friendship comedy type of sub-genre that has popped up in recent years. It's also really good and you don't need to really sit down and concentrate and all that muk. Which is great for doing the ironing!
Straight into my viewing queue! It's more violent AND more meditative? Must be interesting.
I've been watching quite a few of these ancient, black-and-white, requiring-your-maximum-attention movies (just saw Lancelot du Lac; I'm putting off the Bresson catalogue for an indefinite time because, really, they're mostly good but I don't think I can take any more of them), so Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Juno (which surprisingly I haven't seen considering how much I like Ellen Page) are what I'll see soon, but before that, a It's Such a Beautiful Day viewing fosho (aren't you so happy)
Also, if you liked Pickpocket, I would highly recommend seeking out Pickup on South Street. I think Bresson said that this film was the inspiration for his own, more meditative look at pickpockets, and it's pretty brilliant. It contains none of the Catholic guilt and much more noir-ish high-action violence! Indeed, it's probably my favourite film noir.
I completely agree on Bresson, but find Pickpocket to be one of the catatonically boring ones. Loooooooooove Mouchette. That's the only one that I've seen without the completely flat narration that plagues most of his films, and I think that might be part of what I find so monotonous. (Although I like A Man Escaped an awful lot and that has the most narration out of all of them... maybe I'm just weird.)
The Company is really good. It's a Robert Altman film, so it has virtually no plot, and its character work isn't up to par with something like Nashville (although that's a ridiculously high bar to clear so that's not the end of the world), but it's really, really watchable and features amazing dance sequences, and is a really good portrait of an institution such as a ballet company. Thinking back on it, it reminds me of a Frederick Wiseman documentary in its ability to combine the behind-the-scenes administrative tasks of such an institution with its more artistic side. Really good.
Oh god, I wish partying was a thing at my university or at this part of the city, but the student base and people in general here are predominantly Muslim and conservative about it (I'm Muslim but an incredibly liberal one). My sort of partying would be hanging out all night with my best mates and driving around Kuala Lumpur doing f-ck-all.
Sounds good, will check it out tomorrow or something. I had a free day today and pretty much spent my morning in the room watching two Robert Bresson movies. I'm working on finishing his filmography, and I've seen 6 so far (loved Mouchette and Pickpocket). Interesting guy but his movies can be catatonically boring sometimes (and the catholic themes are lost on me for the most part).
I know! I saw your Letterboxd and saw that you watched The Company by Altman; it was mentioned in a Black Swan thread over at Criterion Forums and I was looking to watch it as well and I was surprised you'd seen it recently. How was it?
I've got a number of friends who did medicine at uni and still managed to have lives. They just spent their free time partying instead of film-binging such as you do, and part of me assumed you're doing the partying AND the films and subsequently have no time for anything else!
It's Such a Beautiful Day will probably destroy you, if the end of Spirited Away did. That being said, you should definitely watch it. But maybe with some tissues or something similar to mop up all the tears. maccrash told me that he cried three times during it so... yeah. Take that as you will.
I wish I could go back and watch Black Swan for the first time all over again. Absolutely electric!
Also, Jauja comes out in the UK on Friday, so that's what I've got to look forward to this week!
Medicine takes up a lot of my time but I make time for other stuff (like movies! or going out with peeps). It's not as time-consuming as most people make it out to be if you can divide your time well (thank God I've grown out of my phase of procrastinating everything). It helps that I'm in the pre-clinical years; sadly I think I'd have to sacrifice my movies by next year when I enter the clinical phase. Which sucks. But oh well.
I have NOT seen a Don Hertzfeldt animated feature yet, but all the good reviews for It's Such a Beautiful Day is making me want to check it out fosho (before World of Tomorrow of course). What should I be expecting? Will it break my fragile little heart??? I don't think I can take another emotionally-charged animated film (goosebumps still from that song at the end of Spirited Away).
Oh you're studying medicine! Say no more. I completely understand how that can swallow your entire life, so I'm impressed that you have time for film binges at all.
And yes, I'm excited for Mad Men. The internet has gone thinkpiece crazy on the very subject, and I've just been hoovering these all up. Apparently Roger has a moustache!!!!!!!!!!! But that's all I know.