Wow, just finished watching Upstream Color. Still working through it in my head a little bit, but definitely a movie I will be revisiting. This popped onto my radar out of nowhere, though I’ve been looking forward to seeing a new Shane Carruth film since I saw Primer a few years ago. On a basic level I’m inclined to call both films science fiction, but Upstream Color gets a heavy dose of transcendentalism… in fact it makes me want to check out Primer again to see if I missed some larger point to it. One really standout feature was the score and over all sound design, which I was delighted to see had mounting importance / focus as the film progressed. Also it’s worth noting that the score was composed by Carruth himself, which I guess is no surprise since he produced, directed, wrote, edited, shot and acted in the film (he’s the guy in the bathtub in that image above). I’ll definitely be on the lookout for his next project!
I can’t recommend Upstream Color enough. Primer is also very enjoyable and available on Netflix instant streaming.
well, this looks pretty heavy. 4/16 9pm UWM Union Theater, free
Memories of Overdevelopment
Sergio Garcet is an intellectual who abandons the Cuban Revolution and ‘underdevelopment’ behind only to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the ‘developed’ world. A portrait of an alienated man, an outsider with no clear-cut politics or ideology: A stranger in a strange land struggling with old age, sexual desire and ultimately, the impossibility for the individual to belong in any society.
Highly episodical, the film’s narrative is a collage of flashbacks, daydreams, and hallucinations comprising live-action, animation, and newsreel footage assembled to suggest the way personal memory works, subjectively and emotionally.
A documentary about commercial fishing in the Atlantic. Free showing tomorrow at the UWM Union Theater at 7pm. I always forget that the Union Theater is continuously playing interesting movies for free, oops! Anyway, this raw footage is mesmerizing so I’ll probably check it out!
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
One of the best documentaries I’ve seen in awhile. A truly preposterous story that unfolds at a perfectly suspenseful pace with creative editing and gorgeous cinematography. What more could you ask for? Five stars all the way, if you have Netflix streaming you should watch this immediately.
I saw this pop up on netflix streaming the other day and decided I had to watch it on the off chance that Keanu Reeves actually interviewed David Lynch. He does! Lynch only pops up a couple of times, but this was actually a great documentary if you’re at all nerdy about camera technology. I didn’t even read the subtext originally (“Can film survive our digital future?”), I just saw a list of directors and thought it was just going to be some interviews, but the film really does a good job of presenting the rise of digital video.
The film goes waaaaay beyond interviewing directors on pros/cons of the mediums, and delves into details about how digital production impacted every aspect of the movie making process. For example, they talk about the rhythm of shooting and how traditionally shots were done in short ~10min bursts (a physical limitation of the film reel) and with digital technology could go on for hours without breaking. Immediate feedback from the camera also opened opportunities for people other than the cinematographer to actually see what was being captured before the next day when traditionally “daily” reels could be reviewed.
There are tons of scenarios examined, and much more interesting ones that I don’t feel like typing about: who has final control over the image in the digital production pipeline vs. film? is digital archiving actually safer than film, what about obsolete digital mediums and formats? What are some of your favorite movies that literally couldn’t have been made without digital camera technology?
so watch this movie if you’re looking for something on Netflix streaming this weekend!
I watched my first Ki-duk Kim film today, and I think I’m going to need to see the rest of them. I’d highly recommend Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and SpringIf you haven’t seen it. It’s pretty slow paced but the cinematography is top notch. The IMDB description, which is accurate but pretty terribly written:
This film takes place in an isolated lake, where an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him that he teaches to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.
The entire movie takes place on this floating “temple” and the area immediately surrounding it.
The netflix instant selection was getting kind of stale so I decided to sign up for a DVD plan again, I think I’ll be checking out 3-Iron next.