Tag Archives: 2000s

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Hua jai tor ra nong AKA The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003)

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She’s gorgeous, she’s dangerous – and she sings! Male convenience store clerk by day, fabulous drag queen/ secret agent by night, Iron Pussy must yet again come to the rescue! In this feature-length reprise, award-winning Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Shaowanasai (who also plays Iron Pussy) have created a spy-thriller-kung-fu-musical-western-forbidden-love story that, like our heroine, defies convention. Read More »

Michelangelo Antonioni – Lo Sguardo di Michelangelo AKA Michelangelo Eye to Eye (2004)

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By the time Michelangelo Antonioni released Michelangelo Eye to EyeBeyond the Clouds in 1995, his keen sense of patient, intimate observation had seemed to give way to a kind of leering, gratuitous voyeurism in the film’s repeated, over-lingering shots of the female form. It is, however, precisely this painstaking attention to the voluptuousness of form and tactileness of surfaces that makes his subsequent short film, Michelangelo Eye to Eye particularly sensual and textural in its execution. Prefaced with a text description of the filmmaker’s recent health problems (in particular, a debilitating stroke that left him partially paralyzed), the film opens with a shot of a frail Antonioni emerging from the shadows as he walks in slow, awkward gait into an unpopulated hall where Michelangelo Buonarotti’s marble statue of Moses – a scaled down version of an ambitiously conceived wall tomb for Pope Julius II – is once again in display after a period of meticulous restoration. Composed of a series of detailed observations of the sculpture’s composition from several camera angles and vantage points, Antonioni continually refocuses to the shot of Moses’ opaque gaze – an image that is sublimely matched by the filmmaker’s own occluded, returned gaze as he examines the object of his attention through limpid, watery eyes. In addition to creating a thorough, meticulous, and deliberative objective study of the Renaissance sculpture’s robust physical form and timeless, universal beauty, Antonioni’s juxtaposition of his own weakened, aging frame against the larger-than-life sculpture of Moses creates an indelible, thoughtful, and poignant image on human frailty, transience, creative compromise, and the enduring legacy of – and mortal transcendence through – enlightened art.
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Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sulanga Enu Pinisa aka The forsaken land (2005)

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‘The Forsaken Land’ Tells the Tale of Sri Lanka’s Walking Wounded
By MANOHLA DARGIS (The New York Times)
Published: June 23, 2006
Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like the quietly affecting Sri Lankan film “The Forsaken Land,” keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene. Directed and written by the young Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, this fine first feature takes place on a desolate stretch of wind-swept coast far from the big city and much of anything else that might evoke the modern world. Here, amid the swaying palms and an occasional pool of blood, men and women drift through life as if they were ghosts, casualties of a civil war that hangs over them like a curse. Read More »

Various – Cinema16: British Short Films (2003)


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A compilation of sixteen short films from British filmmakers: Includes: About A Girl – Brian Percival, Boy And Bicycle – Ridley Scott, Dear Phone – Peter Greenaway, Doodlebug – Christopher Nolan, Eight – Stephen Daldry, Gasman – Lynne Ramsay, Girl Chewing Gum – John Smith, Home – Morag McKinnon, Joyride – Jim Gillespie, Inside Out – Tom and Charles Guard, Je T’aime John Wayne – Toby McDonald, The Sheep Thief – Asif Kapadia, The Short And Curlies – Mike Leigh, Telling Lies – Simon Ellis, UK Images – Martin Parrand, and Who’s My Favourite Girl? – Adrian McDowall. Read More »

Joe Swanberg – Alexander the Last (2009)

Director Joe Swanberg (Nights and Weekends) goes beyond the mumblecore movement with this revealing drama about marriage. For Alexander the Last, Swanberg reigns over an experienced cast of actors — including Jane Adams, Jess Weixler, and Josh Hamilton — but still incorporates his usual improvisational techniques. Margot at the Wedding director Noah Baumbach serves as one of the film’s producers. —IFC Films Read More »

Andrey Zvyagintsev – Vozvrashcheniye (Возвращение) AKA The Return [+Extras] (2003)


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Feisty, diminutive 13-year-old Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) lives with his mother (Natalia Vdovina) and easygoing, tall, 15-year-old brother Andrei (Vladimir Garin) in a small, grimy Russian town. Their father (Konstantin Lavronenko) has long since departed the scene – until one day, completely out of the blue, he returns.

A dour, steely presence, Dad doesn’t say much, but next day takes the boys on a “fishing trip.” While Andrei does his best to re-establish friendly terms with his uncommunicative parent, Ivan rebels – and even questions whether this mysterious streanger really is their father at all. When they reach their destination at a remote lake, events take an even more enigmatic turn… Read More »

Abel Ferrara – Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)


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The Chelsea Hotel has long been consider the creative epicenter of New York City, a sort of unofficial gathering point for the most renowned artists and entertainers that the city has to offer. But while the Chelsea Hotel was once considered an impenetrable, untouchable monument to the creative spirit, an early 21st Century renovation led many to believe that the new management company had little appreciation for it’s unique history. Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman, R. Crumb, Ethan Hawke, Grace Jones, and a whole host of Chelsea Hotel regulars all chime in with their fondest memories about the New York landmark, and their thoughts about what may be in store for the iconic building in the future. —allmovie guide Read More »