With occasional reflection on the perpetual absurdity/intrigue of life and society in general.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bressonian Quote #21 - Notes from a Master Filmmaker

"To think it more natural for a movement to be made or a phrase said like this than like that is absurd, is meaningless in cinematography." Robert Bresson 

From:  Notes sur le Cinematographe/Notes on the Cinematographer (1975)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cahiers du Cinema's Top 10 Films of 2014

Bruno Dumont's "L'il Quinquin" topped the veteran French journal's editors' poll.

Image result for Bruno Dumont "Li'l Quinquin"

The venerable French journal Cahiers du Cinéma has posted its Top 10 movies of 2014,  and though it's only available in print, a few kind souls have posted the list online. International release dates being what they are, it includes titles that, as far as American voting bodies are concerned, hail from both 2013 ("The Wind Rises") and 2015 ("Maps to the Stars"), and a few that don't have U.S. distribution — Alain Cavalier's "Paradise" hasn't even made a splash on the festival circuit. But put it up against the results of the Sight & Sound poll, and you can see international opinion beginning to coalesce around movies like "Goodbye to Language" and "Under the Skin," which might bolster their chances for future recognition.
Cahiers du Cinéma's Top 10 Films of 2014
1. "L'il Quinquin"
2. "Goodbye to Language"
3. "Under the Skin"
4. "Maps to the Stars"
5. "The Wind Rises"
6. "Nymphomaniac"
7. "Mommy"
8. "Love Is Strange"
9. "Paradise"
10. "Our Sunhi"
Links:  Indiewire - Criticwire blog - for the continued article.
           Sight & Sound's Top 10 Films of 2014 Poll

Monday, June 22, 2015

White God ("Fehér isten") - Featured Film of Interest -Trailer

Trailer for White God (2014), a Hungarian film directed by Kornel Mundruczo, and recipient of the prize Un Certain Regard 2014 at Cannes.  I am thoroughly intrigued by the concept and visuals, and in bewilderment that they were successful in wrangling so many dogs for the film.  Nearly none of the animal shots were CG, and it seems as if great care was taken to assure ethical conditions for the furrier performers - very aspiring accomplishment.  I look forward to screening it soon, hoping for a big screen opportunity.