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Yet another journal thread where I'll hopefully chronicle all my viewings from here on. There'll be images for sure and words where I can find them etc. Pls feel free to recommend stuff.


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01/01 Full Moon in Paris | Rohmer | 1984
01/02 Martha | Rohmer | 1974
01/03 The Marriage of Maria Braun | Fassbinder | 1979
01/03 Lola | Fassbinder | 1981
01/07 Short Term 12 | Cretton | 2013
01/09 In a Year with 13 Moons | Fassbinder | 1978
01/09 Four Adventures with Reinette and Mirabelle | Rohmer | 1987
01/11 Despair | Fassbinder | 1978
01/13 May* | McKee | 2002
01/13 Separation | Bond | 1968
01/15 That Uncertain Feeling | Lubitsch | 194
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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:17 pm
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The Bakery Girl of Monceau | Rohmer | 1963

One represented truth, and the other a mistake

Oh my. I blind bought the Moral Tales box set during the last B&N sale mostly thanks to trip, fisticuffs and my friend Sean - all pushing me to watch more Rohmer and I wanted to start 2013 off by opening the same. Turned out to be such a good decision because this is just such a perfect little film. It's bittersweet tone encapsulates exactly what I crave from films. In <30 minutes, Rohmer captures all our little caprices and game-playing and silliness when it comes to relationships. The gliding camera, the voiceover that plunges us into the film, the way Rohmer plays with sound.. there's so much to love here.


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Laurence Anyways | Dolan | 2012

My first ever Dolan and I went into it with much trepidation. His style seemed so self-indulgent and overstuffed to me and the whole thing seemed like just the sort of thing I'm likely to hate and get angry over. But then this morning I realized it had Melvil Poupaud in it and that changed the equation a fair bit.

So, Yes. The film is extremely fussy and self-conscious and plays like a music video but both the writing of the central relationship as well as Poupaud and Clement's performances give it genuine heart. I didn't care for a bunch of the digressions - the drag queens, the crazy ball sequence (although they are both delicious to look at even if in a purely vapid way) and the stuff with the father and so on was just weird. But the film's eschewing of the whole "Love will keep us alive" motto while still being achingly romantic and its portrayal of how relationships can stand in conflict with one's own personal growth/goals is enough to make me endorse the film. Also, Poupaud is the most gorgeous man in the world <3

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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:18 pm
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I remember thinking Monceau was great for a short, and back when I saw it I admired very few shorts (and still do really)!

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It's great regardless of its length. So breezy and so competent in the way it's structured. Am surprised to read that it was the short where he was figuring stuff out. It feels very tight.

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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:26 pm
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You should probably inform people that this is a journal thread or something :P

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SO EXCITED FOR THIS THREAD

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Trip wrote:
You should probably inform people that this is a journal thread or something :P

LOL, figured it was obvious but I added something up top anyway :)

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SO EXCITED FOR THIS THREAD

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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:31 pm
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that image is how I've always imagined charu as well

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Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:36 pm
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This is the thread.


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Bet you'll get more pages than my journal in under a month.


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Yay Char loved the Rohmer.


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I remember thinking Monceau was great for a short, and back when I saw it I admired very few shorts (and still do really)!

That's because it is!

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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs | Naruse | 1960

“Bars in the daytime are like women without makeup”.


This was so surprising in so many ways. For one, I wasn't expecting such a light touch from Naruse somehow. I went into it expecting something more akin to The Life of Oharu (which is a film I really like) but Naruse's handling of the material is quite different. Much of the film focuses on the quotidian details of Keiko's life in the ginza bar and outside and it is through these every day moments that the film builds up to the emotional punch of the last half hour.

I also love the way Naruse uses the widescreen compositions to emphasize the claustrophobic congested interiors of the bar as well as to hint at the modernity and freedom that the rare outdoor shots (train stations and bridges) seem to signal. I also wasn't really expecting that light jazzy soundtrack that works so well in the film. Such a lovely portrayal of life's quiet relentless disappointments.

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Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:08 am
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Rohmer! Naruse! 2013 is going to be a great year.

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Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:30 am
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One of my favorites.


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Night, guys.

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hey, boys :)!
And night, twips <3 Off to go watch Vamps now.

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GOD CHAR WILL YOU LEAVE THE CHITSY CHATS OUT OF THE THREAD

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This is a thread.


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Vamps | Heckerling | 2012

Not as adorabs as Clueless but still super cute. More Alicia Silverstone movies pls.

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Oh, wow! Best journal thread ever?

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I also wasn't really expecting that light jazzy soundtrack that works so well in the film.
Yes! I like the way it signaled a lack of melodrama, which fit her refusal to succumb to tragedy and disappointment. Great movie.

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I'll be seeing this in the next day or so.

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I don't know if there is anything I could recommend you that you haven't already seen, but I am reading with interest.


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I find WAWATS to be more of a performance showcase than some of his other 60s thing but goddamn what a performance to showcase. Everything she does tells you who this woman is.

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I'm guessing this will be my most read thread this year.


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Glad you liked that Rohmer Char <3
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yay abt Vamps and this thread and that rad banner :)


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*attaches wagon to caravan*


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I recommend Mizoguchi. And Ferrara. And Ford. All the Ford.

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Oh hey, another journal to read. Seems nice.

I highly recommend Un homme qui dort, if you haven't seen that.

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Thanks everyone for reading + kind comments + recommendations.

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I recommend Mizoguchi. And Ferrara. And Ford. All the Ford.

Mizoguchi is high on my priority list for this year. Right after Naruse probs.

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Watched that last year and loved it :)

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I recommend watching some Shimizu along with me later this year. I'm just assuming I'll like him for now.

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I just saw a Shimizu and thought it was dull dull dull but I'm still holding out hope, it wasn't one of his more famous ones.

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How many Naruse are you watching char? (and when are we doing that podcast?!)

I should really rewatch Flowing at least. I had planned to do all my rewatches at the end of the year after finishing all the movies on my December programme, but only got around to the last one on the 30th... :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:|

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I recommend watching some Shimizu along with me later this year. I'm just assuming I'll like him for now.

Yeah, he does seem good and I know roujin watched and liked a few. Let's.

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How many Naruse are you watching char? (and when are we doing that podcast?!)

I don't know how many yet. My usual strategy is the ones we pick + as many as I can manage in the time frame. Most likely the 12th but Fist can't make it then. So am waiting to see if he can do 11th or 13th before checking back with you and Sean.

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What film is the opening banner from?

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Char gave me a bunch of images. And I didn't just choose an Indian one because she is Indian; it looked cool!

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Char gave me a bunch of images. And I didn't just choose an Indian one because she is Indian; it looked cool!

:D :heart:

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I don't know how many yet. My usual strategy is the ones we pick + as many as I can manage in the time frame. Most likely the 12th but Fist can't make it then. So am waiting to see if he can do 11th or 13th before checking back with you and Sean.


Definitely give Older Brother, Younger Sister and Anzukko a go, they're probably my 3rd and 4th favourites

11th or 13th can work for me. Basically I can do any weekend apart from the 18th lol

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Ahhh.

And the font?

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Tierra Negra.

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L'enfant d'en haut | Meier | 2012

Ha, thanks lixiepoo for bringing this back on to my radar and pushing it up my list etc. I liked this a lot. Agnes Godard's gorgeous cinematography paired against a minimum of dialog. What is most devastating about the film to me is it's lack of movement or plot progression. It's a cycle of events that are bound to repeat themselves. Little glimmers of hope like the boy's friendly exchange with Gillian Anderson and/or the discussion about purchasing a Toyota are swiftly disrupted. Seydoux has such an incredible ability to look utterly beautiful (which she can't help I spose) and be completely absent at the same time. I am still trying to figure out though why this doesn't devastate me in the same way the Dardennes films do. Something about it feels more consciously orchestrated to me somehow and the characters don't feel as lived-in as say, Rosetta.

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How do you mean absent? As a character, I can see it - absent of motivation, absent of "love", or
at least the kind of love her kid needs
. I think she's been a pretty boring actress in a lot of films but I thought she showed a spark of fatalistic energy here, she definitely had a few great scenes. So as an actor I don't think she's 'absent'. Meier is good with actors, though.

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Oh I meant that as a compliment. Being emotionally absent and sometimes unnoticeable almost despite her gorgeous physical presence.

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