Saturday, June 27, 2015

Film Log 6.27.2015

Seven Weeks (2014)

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: The funeral dirge soundtrack is haunting. Obayashi loves color filters: red, orange, blue, purple, green, etc. etc. The film is long and the circular narrative fits with the story. Death and rebirth. Our memories are a way of keeping the past alive. To forget may be comforting, but in the act of forgetting our demons merely grow stronger. A film as dense as a Pynchon novel.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Film Log 6.26.2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Director: George Miller
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Favorite action film of the year so far. I hope the franchise continues if this is the direction George Miller is taking it. The almost 2 hour runtime flew by so fast. Modern action filmmaking should start with this film. CGI in service of the story and action.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Film Log 6.25.2015

Massacre Gun (1967)

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Nikkatsu Noir. Baroque shots and expressionistic lighting. An entertaining masculine bromance between Jo Shishido and Hideki Nitani's character.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Film Log 6.23.2015

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Director: Federico Fellini
Number of viewings: 3

Comments: The good life, bursting with all sorts of pleasure but ultimately empty. The film is long and watching it can get exhausting, but still one of my favorites. A brutal film with a sad ending.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Film Log 6.21.2015

It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2014)

Director: Emily Ting
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Godawful. White guy teaching Asian girl how to get in touch with her Asian roots. Jamie Chung's character is so helpless in this film. Not even close to approaching Linklater's Before trilogy. So many cliché shots. Terrible on the nose dialogue.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Film Log 6.19.2015

Roma (1972)

Director: Federico Fellini
Number of viewings: 2

Comments: Visually baroque film essay on Rome. Episodic structure. Erotic, grotesque, and thought-provoking. As usual, this film is a fictional autobiography of Fellini's life. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Film Log 6.18.2015

Round Trip Heart (2015)

Director: Yuki Tanada
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Fascinating film, but began to lose interest after awhile. Nothing particularly special or memorable about this film. Loved Yuko Oshima and Koji Ookura's performances though.