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April 13, 2008

A list of films which I rented/saw at the cinema the past two weeks:




Goodbye, Lenin!

Lives of Others

The Fountain

Be Kind Rewind

Lars and the Real Girl

There’s lots of particularly awesome stuff on that list. I especially liked Once, Lives of Others, Be Kind Rewind and Lars and the Real Girl. Looking forward to seeing heaps more movies over the mid-semester break.


My to watch list & Cine Europa

October 17, 2007

Looking forward to seeing these in the next two weeks:

A Mighty Heart (I didn’t know that Michael Winterbottom directed this!)

Control (92% rating at rottentomatoes)

Across the Universe

I haven’t been to the movies in ages, which is extremely uncharacteristic of me. I used to regularly see a movie every Tuesday night (cheap night here) but recently all my uni stuff has been getting in the way. I try to make up for it by watching films on SBS (free tv) whenever I can, and I average around 2-4 weekly.

I’ve already seen the Cine Europa 2007 schedule and I feel so sorry that I’ll be missing a lot of good films. I’ve been religiously attending Cine Europa screenings since high school and it’s just heartbreakingly sad that I won’t get to go this year. Lives of Others, Kolya and Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander are on this year’s lineup, along with a host of other excellent European arthouse flicks. I remember last year I saw Klassfesten (The Reunion) with friends and it was totally hilarious; the year before that I saw Bergman’s Trolosa (Faithless) and it was two and a half hours of pure cinematic genius.

Cinema Paradiso

August 31, 2007

Alfredo: I’ll tell you a story. Just for you Toto. Let’s sit down. God Almighty! Once upon a time……a king gave a feast. The most beautiful princesses were there. A soldier who was standing guard saw the king’s daughter go by. She was the loveliest one, and he fell instantly in love. But what is a simple soldier next to the daughter of a king? One day he managed to see her and told her he could no longer live without her. The princess was so taken by the depth of his feeling that she said to the soldier:”If you can wait for 100 days and 100 nights under my balcony, I shall be yours.” With that, the soldier went and waited one day, two days……then ten, twenty. Each evening the princess looked out and he never moved! Always there, come rain, come thunder. Birds shat on his head, bees stung him, but didn’t budge. After 90 nights, he had become all dry and pale. Tears streamed from his eyes. He couldn’t hold them back. He didn’t even have the strength to sleep. And all that time, the princess watched him. When 99th night came……the soldier stood up, took his chair, and left.

Toto: How come? Right at the end?

Alfredo: Right at the end, Toto. Don’t ask me what it means, I don’t know. If you figure it out, you tell me.

[Few years later, Toto has learned a bit more about life, and presents his interpretation of the story’s ending.]

Toto: Remember the story about the soldier and the princess? Now I understand why the solider left right at the end. In one more night, the princess would have been his. But she also could not possibly have kept her promise. And that would have been too cruel. It would have killed him. This way, at least, for 99 nights, he was living under the illusion that she was there, waiting for him.

Alfredo: Do as the soldier, Toto. Go away.

The Science of Sleep

May 23, 2007

Saw this movie last night. It was a real charming gem of a film. I adore anything remotely surrealist, and that explains why Buñuel and Medem are among my favorite filmmakers (I love Miró’s and Dalí’s artwork as well). Michel Gondry is now one of my new favorite directors (he did Eternal Sunshine a few years back), and this movie has now secured a slot in my desert-island top films list.

Gael’s character and myself are very much alike, in many respects (except the artistic part…I can’t draw to save my life), but the fact that we are both big narcoleptics who can’t reconcile real life from reveries takes the cake. His saccharine yet childish antics moved me to pieces. Case in point, he gave Charlotte Gainsbourg a cool time machine he invented as a no-particular-occasion present, and when asked why, he sweetly muttered, “on the occasion that you’re pretty”.

Some have commented that the film left them monumentally bored, but surprisingly the montage of beautiful images and colors engaged my eyes and really left me in a dream-like state for almost two hours. Sheer genius. And Gael and his quirky officemates even performed a slow, jazzy and cutesy song called “If You Rescue Me” (which apparently is a pseudo-cover of a Velvet Underground song) while they were in cat costumes. Such cuteness…

One of the best opening sequences in a movie. Check it out:


May 4, 2007

Here are fragments of songs, poems and movies (even advice!) which have been reverberating in my head for the past few days. Just a disclaimer, there is no coherent theme binding them all together. For some inexplicable (or explicable hehe) reason they have just been tormenting me, creating a totally bizarre cornucopia of melodies, images and dialogue in my head. Oh, and some of them are just frighteningly sappy, and I apologize. My tastes can’t be discriminating all the time, and my mind apparently has a mind of its own…

1. Smashing Pumpkins’ Try, Try, Try (along with its hauntingly beautiful music video)

2. MJ telling Spidey We have to forgive each other or everything we ever were will mean nothing” (the trailer keeps playing on TV)

3. Neruda’s “Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido” from Puedo Escribir Los Versos Mas Triste Esta Noche

4. Go West’s King of Wishful Thinking (haha!)

5. Sylvia Plath’s Mad Girl’s Love Song

6. That Neil Gaiman quote which starts with “Have you ever been in love…

7. Rilke’s You Who Never Arrived

8. Karen Kunawicz’s Sound of One Heart Breaking

9. That awful theme song from Neighbours: “Neighbours should be there for one another…that’s when good neighbours become good friends…” (I’d really love to explain why, but I don’t want to jinx anything yet. All I can say is that it’s this little project that’s been making me and someone else so excited as of late. I think I’m gonna call it Operation N.H. hehe. Will divulge everything when the time is right.)

10. Charlie reminding me the other day that I once told her back in college that she will just laugh at *everything that happened* in the future (I’m nearing that stage now, Charlie…!)

11. K’s Choice’s Almost Happy

12. The plot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind