What'd ya think of this one?
i'm leaning to calling it a traditional teen flick with a traditional happy ending (though with a bit of a twist). i am happy to give it more credit, reading it as suggesting that the drama of (a teen's) life might require cutting all ties and starting from a clean slate
. it kept me interested, i liked Nói's character and how he was performed, i'd be happy to give it another look. what are your thoughts on it?
last night, Amélie
- still mostly good, i don't think i'd experienced this one since seeing it in the theatre. i tend to not love narration (is it Scorsese who said this is a lazy practice to be avoided?), i thought it was a bit much to have (roughly) the first 15min be narrated, and at over 2hrs, the film prolly should have somhow lost 15-30 min. i thought the film's close was a bit saccharine (yes, even for this film) and unsatisfying. much of the final third of the film was quite beautiful, though i am/was a bit bothered by how conservative it all felt - personal satisfactions being met, largely outside of a cultural context. still, probably a Top 600 film
i still owe some thoughts for Silverlake Life
, and hopefully i'll write more about it soon, maybe after another visit. i didn't expect this to have such a home movie feel, and perhaps that isn't quite
right, but the aggressively personal nature of the film was perfect. the way it paused on mundane, seemingly even trite, observations actually conveyed a kind of miraculous beauty, life as everything we take for granted - from details of a partner to everyday landscapes. of course, perhaps most profound was the way that dying was portrayed as living, and that the "sick body" was shown as merely another body - beautiful, and not completely defining one's existence, but also political. there's obviously much more to be written. really a must see, thanks for championing it, pix, i prolly wouldn't have gotten around to it so soon (late). pix, you don't have extended thoughts posted on this somewhere, do you? who else has seen this one?
and, looking for a good Silverlake
image, i love that a couple pages into the google search there is a poster for I Love You, Man