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January 30, 2008

CRUEL ANIMATIONS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:07 pm

Among many short films I saw last December, one of my most favorites is THE SONG, which is a Thai animation directed by Suporn Decharin. It is a part of the Bioethics project. I like the story of THE SONG very much, though I think it is very cruel. It is about a boy and his clone. The boy is an evil child, while his clone, who is locked up in a room all through his life, is a very good child. The clone develops a lovely relationship with a worm, which later grows up to be a butterfly. One day the boy loses his arms, so the cloning organization cuts off the arms of the clone to give them to the boy, and the boy uses his new arms and hands to kill the butterfly.

I think the animator is successful in making the clone looks very lovely. This character looks so pure, so innocent. And the more innocent and lovely this character looks, the more the audience will feel bad in the end of the film. (Somehow this kind of thing reminds me of the Italian film TO BE TWENTY.)

At first I felt that the story of THE SONG is too pessimistic. I thought this kind of thing can’t happen in the future, because no governments would allow this kind of cruelty towards the clones. However, after I thought about the history of human beings, such as what happened in World War II, I changed my mind. I believe that human capability of being evil is beyond my imagination. THE SONG does not look too pessimistic to me anymore.

The story about an evil boy in THE SONG also reminds me of my childhood. If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to my childhood to correct some evil things that I did. I used to kill some little animals like the evil boy in THE SONG, and though I’m not a real Buddhist, somehow I think my fragile health is the karmic result of these bad things that I did. A doctor just told me that I may have a tendency to have glaucoma, and I can’t help thinking I deserve this kind of eye suffering because I once hurt an eye of a little cat when I was a little child. Maybe it’s time for me to pay the price for my bad deeds.

Seeing THE SONG also makes me want to make a list of cruel animations. So here it is:

CRUEL ANIMATIONS
(in alphabetical order)

1.ACHILLES (1996, Barry Purves, UK)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164317/

2.ALICE (1988, Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095715/

3.A CHILD IN THE CUPBOARD (1998, Chanatip Kunasayeamporn, Thailand)

4.HOW WANG-FO WAS SAVED (1987, Rene Laloux, France)

5.THE KILLER MAN (Dissapong Wong-aram, Thailand)

6.PANDA (2006, Nathan Homsup, Thailand)

7.PERFECT BLUE (1998, Satoshi Kon, Japan)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156887/

8.RABBIT (2005, Run Wrake)

9.THE SONG (2007, Suporn Decharin, Thailand)

10.THE THREE INVENTORS (1980, Michel Ocelot, France)

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January 29, 2008

LITERATURE/FILM QUARTERLY

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:29 pm

This is my comment in Girish’s blog:
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2008/01/film-magazines.html

I think LITERATURE/FILM QUARTERLY is interesting. It has great articles on Alain Robbe-Grillet among other things. You can browse the topics of the articles here

I sometimes read German Films Quarterly online, but only when they have articles on interesting directors. You can read this magazine here

Or you can go directly to articles about interesting directors here

TENTH POLL: FEMALE PERSONALITIES

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:49 pm

This is about a poll in my bilingual blog: http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

My tenth poll is inspired by the stage performance PAST IS SIMULATION: THE LADIES OF THE SEA VS. NORA, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SOCIETY, which is performed by HERSTAY, and directed by Monica Emilie Herstad from Norway. I think this performance may be about women. Though I don’t understand many parts of the performance, I still think it is truly stunning. The parts that I like very much include the one in which two women try hard to wear high-heeled shoes, while a woman walks comfortably without that kind of shoes.

Seeing this performance makes me want to make a list of my favorite films about women. So I come up with this list:

THESE FILMS INVOLVE INTERESTING FEMALE PERSONALITIES. WHICH FILM DO YOU LIKE?

1.ANOTHER WOMAN (1988, Woody Allen, USA)


2.THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)

3.LES BONNES FEMMES (1960, Claude Chabrol, France)


4.FEMALE PERVERSIONS (1996, Susan Streitfeld, USA)

5.FULL MOON IN NEW YORK (1990, Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong)

6.GIRL (2002, Dorothee Van Den Berghe, Belgium)

7.THE INSANE (2006, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Thailand)

8.JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (1965, Federico Fellini, Italy)


9.MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1978, Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany)

10.OUR TIMES (2002, Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Iran)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329560/

11.PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)

12.PHANTOM LOVE (2007, Nina Menkes, USA)

13.PRASART (1975, Pieak Poster, Thailand)

14.RADIANCE (1998, Rachel Perkins, Australia)

15.RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME (1946, Maya Deren, USA)

16.THE SLEEP OF REASON (1984, Ula Stockl, West Germany)

17.TEN TINY LOVE STORIES (2001, Rodrigo Garcia, USA)

18.WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (1960, Mikio Naruse, Japan)

19.THE WOMEN (1939, George Cuckor, USA)


20.WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988, Pedro Almodovar, Spain)

You can cast multiple votes.

CELINE AND JULIE KNOW WHO KILLED ME

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:52 pm

My ninth poll ended with 9 votes, including my vote for HEAVEN OF GLASS and TATORT: AUSGEKLINKT. Thank you very much for everyone who participated in it. The result is as follows:

THESE FILMS INVOLVE MURDER OR MYSTERY. WHICH FILM DO YOU LIKE?

1.CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (1974, Jacques Rivette, France)
It got 4 votes or 44 %.

2.THE LADY VANISHES (1938, Alfred Hitchcock, UK)
+THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943, Mark Robson, USA)
Each of them got 2 votes or 22 %.

4.AMNESIA (2001, Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands)
+HEAVEN OF GLASS (1987, Nina Grosse, West Germany)
+I KNOW WHO KILLED ME (2007, Chris Sivertson, USA)
+THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN (1988, William Hale, USA)
+TATORT: AUSGEKLINKT (1988, Sylvia Hoffmann, West Germany)
Each of them got 1 vote, or 11 %.

9.BROTHER’S KEEPER (1992, Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, USA)
+COP AU VIN (1985, Claude Chabrol, France)
+DEATH ON THE NILE (1978, John Guillermin, UK)
+DEATHTRAP (1982, Sidney Lumet, USA)
+DEEP RED (1975, Dario Argento, Italy)
+DOGWOMAN: DEAD DOG WALKING (2000, Rowan Woods, Australia)
+EDEN AND AFTER (1970, Alain Robbe-Grillet, France)
+THE LAST ONE OF THE SIX (1941, Georges Lacombe, France)
+MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN (2006, Kon Ichikawa, Japan)
+THESIS (1996, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain)
+TICK TOCK (2000, Kevin Tenney, USA)
+WEB OF DECEPTION (1989, David Chung, Hong Kong)

Each of them got no vote.

I’m very glad that CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING won the most votes, though the film is very far from whodunit genre. I like Jacques Rivette very much, because his films seem to use some elements of thriller in a strange way. Many of his films have mysteries or secrets, such as VA SAVOIR, SECRET DEFENSE, UP DOWN FRAGILE, GANG OF FOUR, LE PONT DU NORD, and PARIS BELONGS TO US, but these films seem not to belong to any obvious genres.

I’m also glad that I KNOW WHO KILLED ME and THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN won a vote. I know many people hate I KNOW WHO KILLED ME, so it’s nice to know that someone out there also loves this film like me. I also love a film review in Thai last year which mentions PERSONA in the review of I KNOW WHO KILLED ME.

THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN made me cry a bucketful of tears when I saw it nearly twenty years ago. It’s a miniseries about the lynching of an innocent man. I have heard that there’s also a stage play using the same story.

January 21, 2008

FILM WISH LIST MANY MONTHS AGO

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:15 pm

–FAVORITE SONG

ACID IN MY FRIDGE – DINKY
http://www.myspace.com/dinkydj

–I think I may be very busy this week, and may don’t have time to write anything. So I think I should post something I wrote in the past. It is again my film wish list. I sent this film wish list to a friend many months ago, but forgot to post it here. I think I should post it now. I heard about most of these films from Film Comment magazine, http://www.sensesofcinema.com/ (especially from the writings of Olaf Moller), and from many bloggers.

1.A CARA QUE MERECES (2004, Miguel Gomes, Portugal, 108 min)
Produced by O Som e a Furia
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0442940/

2.AUGUST DAYS (2006, Marc Recha, Spain, 93 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0829143/
http://www.diesdagost.com/

3.BAMBI HEART BONE (2004, Noriko Shibutani, Japan, 78 min)
http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/round-up_017.shtml#bambi-bone
http://www.raindance.co.uk/festival/programme/features/bambibone.htm

4.THE BEGINNING AND THE END (2005, Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, Documentary, 110 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796979/

5.BENEATH THE COGON (2006, Rico Maria Ilarde, Philippines, 83 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465066/
produced by DuduyPlus Company

6.BITTER SWEET (2004, Meike Mitsuru, Japan, 64 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0881897/
produced by Kokuei Company Ltd.

7.BLOCKADE (2006, Sergey Loznitsa, Russia, Documentary, 52 min)

8.BLUE EYELIDS (2007, Ernesto Contreras, Mexico, 98 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0481320/
http://www.parpadosazules.com/

9.BLUSH (2005, Wim Vandekeybus, Belgium 55 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460724/
produced by CCCP

10.CA BRULE (2006, Claire Simon, France)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491253/
http://www.cabrule-lefilm.com/

11.THE CAMDEN 28 (2007, Anthony Giacchino, Documentary, USA)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808190/
http://www.camden28.org/

12.CANDIDO LOPEZ – THE BATTLEFIELDS (2005, Jose Luis Garcia, Argentina, Documentary, 102 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455413/
produced by Anan Aizenberg Producciones

13.CLOSE TO THE CLOUDS (2005, Aldo Garay, Uruguay, Documentary, 74 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796931/
produced by Teve Ciudad

14.CONVERSATION ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (2005, Khalo Matabane, South Africa, 80 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471130/
produced by Matabane Filmworks

15.DEALER (2004, Benedek Filegauf, Hungary, 160 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398013/
produced by Filmteam

16.DEEP WATER (2006, Louise Osmond + Jerry Rothwell, UK, Documentary, 92 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460766/
http://www.deepwatermovie.co.uk/

17.THE DIGNITY OF THE NOBODIES (2005, Fernando E. Solanas, Argentina, Documentary, 120 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480126/
http://www.pinosolanas.com/la_dignidad_info.htm

18.DUNIA (2005, Jocelyn Saab, Egypt, 112 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479901/
produced by Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP)

19.EL COBRADOR: IN GOD WE TRUST (2006, Paul Leduc, Mexico, 90 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462230/
produced by Arca Difusion

20.EM4JAY (2006, Alkinos Tsilimidos, Australia, 87 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0867284/
produced by Rescued Films

21.ENCOUNTER POINT (2006, Ronit Avni + Julia Bacha, Documentary, USA, 89 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783517/
produced by Just Vision Films

22.EUROPE NEXT DOOR (2005, Zelimir Zilnik, Serbia, Documentary, 61 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074957/
produced by Terra Film Produktion

23.EUPHORIA (2006, Ivan Vyrypayev, Russia, 74 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847877/
http://eng.euphoria-film.com/

24.FANTASMA (2006, Lisandro Alonso, Argentina, 63 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0809427/
produced by 4L

25. A FEW PEOPLE, A LITTLE TIME (2005, Andrzej Baranski, Poland, 104 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479258/

26.FLOR DE BAIXA (206, Mauro Santini, Italy, 77 min)

27.FRIDAY OR ANOTHER DAY (2005, Yvan Le Moine, Belgium, 120 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429216/
http://www.cosmokino.com/films/vendredi.htm

28.GIRL IN A MIRROR (2005, Kathy Drayton, Australia, Documentary, 55 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847490/
produced by Toi Toi Films

29.HAMBURG LECTURES (2006, Romuald Karmakar, Germany, 133 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0772851/
produced by Pantera Film

30.HEART, BEATING IN THE DARK (2005, Shunichi Nagasaki, Japan, 105 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805648/
http://www.yamiutsu.com/

31.THE HILLS OF DISORDER (2006, Andrea Tonacci, Brazil, Documentary, 135 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0922605/

32.HOTEL HARABATI (2006, Brice Cauvin, France, 95 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436216/
produced by Mille et Une Productions

33.THE HOURS GO BY (2005, Ines de Oliveira Cezar, Argentina, 99 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428443/

34.I DON’T CARE IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES (2006, Guillaume Malandrin, Belgium, 70 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0821048/
produced by La Parti Productions

35.ILLUMINATION (2004, Pascale Breton, France, 135 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348875/
produced by Gemini Films

36.LA INFLUENCIA (2006, Pedro Aguilera, Spain, 84 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0881369/
produced by Mantarraya Producciones

37.INNER CIRCLE LINE (2006, Eunhee Cho, USA, 95 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0773292/
http://www.innercircleline.com/

38.INTO THE PICTURE SCROLL: THE TALE OF YAMANAKA TOKIWA (2004, Sumiko Haneda, Japan, 100 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0481945/

39.IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE (2006, Anja Salomonowitz, Austria, 72 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493139/
produced by Amour Fou Filmproduktion

40.DER KICK (2006, Andres Veiel, Germany, 82 min)

41.KINETTA (2005, Giorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 95 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477991/
produced by HAOS FILMS

42.LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME: A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK (2005, Gerald Fox, UK, Documentary, 85 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479943/
produced by Granada Production

43.THE LEGEND OF TIME (2006, Isaki Lacuesta, Spain, 109 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0495138/
http://www.leyendadeltiempo.com/

44.LETTERS FROM THE SAHARA (2006, Vittorio de Seta, Italy, 100 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449607/
produced by Metafilm

45.UM LOBISOMEM NA AMAZONIA (2005, Ivan Cardoso, Brazil)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452744/
http://www.umlobisomemnaamazonia.com.br/
produced by Diler & Associados

46.LOVER OTHER (2006, Barbara Hammer, Documentary, USA, 55 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816207/
http://barbarahammerfilms.com/lo.html

47.LA LUNGA OMBRA (2006, Jon Jost, Italy, 77 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0960074/
produced by Jon Jost Productions
http://www.filmref.com/notes/archives/2007/01/la_lunga_ombra_2006.html

48.LE MALENTENDU COLONIAL (2005, Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, Documentary, 78 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0474246/
http://www.raphia.fr/malentendu/indexmal.html

49.MAS ALLA DEL ESPEJO (2006, Joaquim Jorda, Spain, Documentary, 112 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0874953/
produced by Ovideo TV S.A.

50.MAURICIO’S DIARY (2006, Manuel Perez Paredes, Cuba, 135 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0827502/
produced by ICAIC

51.MITTEN IM MALESTREAM (2005, Helke Sander, Germany, Documentary, 92 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0495610/
produced by Helke Sander Filmproduktion

52.NOTES BY A TRACKMAN (2006, Zhanabek Zhetyruov, Kazakhstan, 64 min)

53.NOTES ON FILM 02 (2006, Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria, 96 min)
http://www.sixpackfilm.com/catalogue.php?oid=1495&lang=de

54.OH, UOMO (2004, Yervant Gianikian + Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy, Documentary, 71 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431958/

55.PAINTING TODAY (2005, Stefan Hayn and Anja-Christin Remmert, Germany, Documentary, 61 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0757901/
produced by Stefan Hayn Filmproduktion

56.PANORAMA EPHEMERA (2004, Rick Prelinger, USA, 89 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469153/
produced by The Prelinger Archives

57.THE PAPER WILL BE BLUE (2006, Radu Muntean, Romania, 95 min)

58.PAVEE LACKEEN: THE TRAVELLER GIRL (2005, Perry Ogden, Ireland, 87 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469691/
http://anlarfilms.com/v2/

59.EL PERRO NEGRO: STORIES FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (2005, Peter Forgacs, Netherlands, Documentary, 84 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457333/
produced by Lumenfilm

60.PINE FLAT (2006, Sharon Lockhart, USA)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493044/

61.PROFILS PAYSANS: LE QUOTIDIEN (2005, Raymond Depardon, France, Documentary, 83 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0442424/
produced by Palmaraie et Desert

62.RAZZLE DAZZLE (2007, Ken Jacobs, USA, 92 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1003117/
http://d-kaz.com/reviews/review.php?id=384

63.REALITY SHOCK (2005, Stanislaw Mucha, Poland, 79 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470902/

64.RETURN OF THE POET (2005, Harutyun Khachatryan, Documentary, Armenia, 88 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817949/

65.RUNNING ON EMPTY (2006, Bulent Akinci, Germany, 100 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0757248/

66.SANGRE (2005, Amat Escalante, Mexico, 90 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0445694/
produced by Mantarraya Producciones

67.SA NORTH DIVERSION ROAD (2005, Dennis Marasigan, Philippines, 97 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0828444/
produced by Creative Programs

68.SARATAN (2005, Ernest Abdyjaparov, Kyrgyzstan, 84 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808190/
produced by Icon Film

69.SCHUSS! (2006, Nicolas Rey, France, Documentary, 123 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0929467/
produced by L’Abominable

70.THE SEA AND THE CAKE (2003, Edgar Honetschlager, Italy, 60 min)
http://www.honetschlaeger.com/project/ilmare.php

71.SHIN SUNG-IL IS LOST (2004, Jane Shin, South Korea, 103 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453907/
produced by Shinjaneland

72.SHOOT THE MESSENGER (2006, Ngozi Onwurah, UK, 90 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800199/
produced by BBC Films

73.THE SLEEPING CHILD (2004, Yasmine Kassari, Morocco, 110 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424997/
http://www.cinemawallonie.be/enfantendormi/

74.SLUMMING (2006, Michael Glawogger, Austria, 100 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499157/
produced by Coop 99

75.SOLITARY FRAGMENTS (2007, Jaime Rosales, Spain)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0812377/
produced by Wanda Vision S.A.

76.SONGBIRDS (2005, Brian Hill, UK, Documentary)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492491/

77.SVYATO (2005, Viktor Kosakovsky, Documentary, Russia, 45 min)

78.THE TEMPTATIONS OF BROTHER SEBASTIEN (2006, Jose Araujo, Brazil, 147 min)
http://www2.uol.com.br/mostra/30/p_exib_filme_6_en.shtml
produced by Tupa Films

79.THESE GIRLS (2006, Tahani Rached, Egypt, Documentary, 68 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0827502/
produced by Studio Misr

80.TO GET TO HEAVEN FIRST YOU HAVE TO DIE (2006, Jamshed Usmonov, Tajikistan, 95 min)
Produced by Elzevir Films
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0792988/

81.TOMORROW MORNING (2006, Oleg Novkovi, Serbia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497273/
http://zillionfilm.com/srp/sutra/flyer.html

82.TRANCE (2006, Teresa Villaverde, Portugal)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460034/
http://www.clapfilmes.pt/transe/

83.THE VIOLIN (2005, Francisco Vargas, Mexico, 98 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451966/
http://www.elviolinthemovie.com/

84.WAITING FOR SOMEONE (2007, Jerome Bonnell, France, 95 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814690/
produced by Les Films des Tournelles

85.WELT SPIEGEL KINO (WORLD MIRROR CINEMA) (2005, Gustav Deutsch, Austria, Documentary, 93 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455845/

86.WORM (2006, Aleksei Muradov, Russia, 100 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830801/
produced by Kinokompaniya AMA

87.WRESTLING GROUNDS (2005, Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal, 105 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0823412/

88.WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY (2006, Goran Dukic, USA)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477139/
http://www.wristcutters.com/

89.WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE (2005, Tamara Milosevic, Germany, Documentary, 60 min)

90.YACOUBIAN BUILDING (2006, Marwan Hamed, Egypt, 161 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425321/
http://www.bacfilms.com/site/yacoubian/

91.YOKOHAMA MARY (2006, Takayuki Nakamura, Japan, Documentary, 92 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0794401/
produced by Hito-hito Film

92.YOLDA (2005, Erden Kiral, Turkey, 90 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431481/
http://www.yoldafilm.com/

93.YOU AND ME (2005, Ma Liwen, China, 88 min)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0757376/

MERVEILLESXX’ FAVORITE FILM LIST OF 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:44 pm

This is Merveillesxx’ Favorite Film list of 2007

(Merveillesxx is a famous Thai blogger.)

MER MOVIE AWARDS 2007

20. Look of Love (2006, Yoshiharu Ueoka, Japan)
19. amour-LEGENDE (2006, Wu Mi-Sen, Taiwan)
18. Little Children (2006, Todd Field, USA)
17. Fallen (2005, Fred Kelemen, Latvia)
16. Love Songs (2007, Christophe Honore, France)
15. Phantom Love (2007, Nina Menkes, USA)
14. Before We Fall in Love Again (2006, James Lee , Malaysia)
13. 28 Weeks Later (2007, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, UK)
12. The Page Turner (2006, Denis Dercourt, France) + Pingpong (2006, Matthias Luthardt, Germany)
11. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro, Mexico)
10. Eternal Summer (2006, Leste Chen, Taiwan)
9. Memories of Matsuko (2006, Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan)
8. Demented (2006, Laurent Achard, France)
7. Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee, Taiwan)
6. The Man from London (2007, Bela Tarr, Hungary)
5. Egg (2007, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey)
4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007, Cristian Mungiu, Romania)
3. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
2. The Fountain (2006, Darren Aronofsky, USA)
1.LOVE OF SIAM (2007, Chookiat Sakvirakul, Thailand)

For full article in Thai, pls go to
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=01-2008&group=1&date=20&gblog=114

PHANTOM PERSONA OR MONICA EMILIE HERSTAD

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:28 pm

–Last Friday I went to Patravadi Theater to see some performances, including PAST IS SIMULATION – THE LADIES OF THE SEA VS. NORA, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SOCIETY, directed by Monica Emilie Herstad from Norway. The performance is inspired by the writings of Henrik Ibsen, Susan Sontag, and Elfriede Jelinek. I like it a lot. It is now one of my most favorite stage performances of all time. I don’t know how to describe it. I think I can say that its power is like the power of PHANTOM LOVE (2007, Nina Menkes) mixing with the power of PERSONA (1966, Ingmar Bergman).

This is a clip from PAST IS SIMULATION:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1493413125

–This is a short film called THE LITTLE CHAOS (1966, Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Thanks a lot to Filmsick who told us about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjDh0gF2ExA

January 20, 2008

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR “BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA”

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This is the film program in the 2008 BANGKOK FRINGE FESTIVAL at Patravadi Theatre. I copy this program from the brochure. For more information, visit http://www.patravaditheatre.com/

FEBRUARY 2, 2008

1300 hrs

INDONESIAN SHORT FILMS

BE QUIET, EXAM IS IN PROGRESS (2006, Ifa Ifansyah)
LOSE OR WIN (2005, Donny Prasetyo Utomo)
STILL LIFE (2006, Ariani Darmawan + Hosanna Heinrich)
TROPHY BUFFALO (2007, Vanni Jamin)

1500 hrs
LOVE CONQUERS ALL (2006, Tan Chui Mui, Malaysia)

1700 hrs

SINGAPOREAN SHORT FILMS

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS (2007, Ming)
BLOOD TIES (2007, Chai Wee Wei)
DREAM A RAINBOW (2007, Ming)
THE MOLE (2007, Victric Thng)
REMEMBER ME (2007, Chris Chong Chan Fui)
STRANGER (Boo Junfeng & Adrian Tan)
SUNAT (2007, M. Raihan Halim)
INVISIBLE CITY (2007,Tan Pin Pin)

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FEBRUARY 3

1300 HRS
SHORT FILMS FROM PHILIPPINES

ABCD (1985, Roxlee)
CHICKEN SOUP 2 (1998, R. A. Rivera)
IT FEELS GOOD TO BE ALIVE (2005, Antoinette Jadaone)
LINE DRAWING (1998, Poklong Anading)
A STUDY FOR ‘THE SKIES’ (1989, Raymond Red)
TAG ALONG (Antoinette Jadaone)

1500 hrs
BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (2006, James Lee, Malaysia)

1700 hrs
STORIES FROM THE NORTH (2005, Uruphong Raksasad)

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FEBRUARY 16

1300 HRS
SHORT FILMS FROM MALAYSIA

POOL (2007, Chris Chong Chan Fui)
QALAM (2007, Hadi Koh)
WESTBOUND (2007, Kubhaer T. Jethwani)
A DAY IN THE LIFE (2007, Syed Omar)

1500 hrs
TULI (2006, Auraeus Solito, Philippines)

1700 hrs
BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Thailand)

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FEBRUARY 17

1300 HRS

SHORT FILMS FROM TAIWAN

SHOPPING CART BOY (2007, Hou Chi-jan)
STREET SURVIVOR (2007, Lin Jing-jie)
WATERFRONT VILLA BONITA (2007, Lou Yi-an)

1500 hrs
THE LAST COMMUNIST (2006, Amir Muhammad, Malaysia)

1700 hrs
A SHORT FILM ABOUT THE INDIO NACIONAL (2006, Raya Martin, Philippines, 96 minutes)

January 19, 2008

NINTH POLL: MARVELOUS MAGNIFICENT MIND-BLOWING MURDER MYSTERY

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This is about a poll in my bilingual blog: http://celinejulie.blogspot.com

NINTH POLL: MARVELOUS MAGNIFICENT MIND-BLOWING MURDER MYSTERY

My ninth poll is inspired by MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN (2006, Kon Ichikawa, A+), which I just saw last week. I like the style of this film very much. I think most films dealing with murder mystery make you feel excited while you are watching it. But the excitement decreases rapidly after you know the killer and the film ends. However, there are some films dealing with murder mystery, or just dealing with murder, or just mystery, which have other interesting things besides the excitement. MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN are full of interesting styles, and I like this aspect of the film very much.

MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN also reminds me of a Japanese film I saw many years ago from television. I think that film deals with a murder on an island, and there is a scene in which some people move a huge temple bell along the side of the island. Later, the detective, which may be Kindaichi, found out that the corpse is hidden inside the bell. I can’t remember the title of this film. Maybe it is THE 8 TOMB VILLAGE (1996, Kon Ichikawa), Maybe it is ISLAND OF EVIL SPIRITS (1981, Masahiro Shinoda). I don’t know. If anyone knows the title of this film, please tell me.

After I saw MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN, I think I should make a list of my favorite films which deal with murder or mystery. The films in this list are varied. Some are about murder mystery, such as THESIS. Some are about mystery with or without murder, such as BROTHER’S KEEPER. Some are about murder without mystery about the murderer, such as WEB OF DECEPTION. Some treats the murder mystery in a very strange way, such as CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING, in which the heroines treat the murder in the haunted house as if it is a game. Some are not thrillers, but a powerful dramatic film/miniseries, such as THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN.

THESE FILMS INVOLVE MURDER OR MYSTERY. WHICH FILM DO YOU LIKE?

1.AMNESIA (2001, Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands)

2.BROTHER’S KEEPER (1992, Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, USA)

3.CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (1974, Jacques Rivette, France)

4.COP AU VIN (1985, Claude Chabrol, France)

5.DEATH ON THE NILE (1978, John Guillermin, UK)

6.DEATHTRAP (1982, Sidney Lumet, USA)

7.DEEP RED (1975, Dario Argento, Italy)

8.DOGWOMAN: DEAD DOG WALKING (2000, Rowan Woods, Australia)

9.EDEN AND AFTER (1970, Alain Robbe-Grillet, France)

10.HEAVEN OF GLASS (1987, Nina Grosse, West Germany)

11.I KNOW WHO KILLED ME (2007, Chris Sivertson, USA)
I love the blue color in this film very much.

12.THE LADY VANISHES (1938, Alfred Hitchcock, UK)

13.THE LAST ONE OF THE SIX (1941, Georges Lacombe, France)
The screenplay of this film is written by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

14.THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN (1988, William Hale, USA)
This 251-minute miniseries is adapted from Larry McMurtry’s story.

15.MURDER OF THE INUGAMI CLAN (2006, Kon Ichikawa, Japan)

16.THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943, Mark Robson, USA)

17.TATORT: AUSGEKLINKT (1988, Sylvia Hoffmann, West Germany)

18.THESIS (1996, Alejandro Amenabar, Spain)

19.TICK TOCK (2000, Kevin Tenney, USA)

20.WEB OF DECEPTION (1989, David Chung, Hong Kong)

BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA SHOWN ON FEB 16

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My eighth poll ended with 14 votes, including one vote from me for BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA. Thanks a lot to everyone who participated in it.

The result is as follows:

I LOVE THESE SLOW FILMS VERY MUCH. WHICH FILM DO YOU LIKE?

1.GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (2003, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan) got 8 votes, or 57 %

2.BLISSFULLY YOURS (2002, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand) got 7 votes, or 50 %

3.DAMNATION (1988, Bela Tarr, Hungary)
+THE SUN (2005, Alexander Sokurov, Russia)
Each of them got 4 votes, or 28 %

5.LA BELLE NOISEUSE (1991, Jacques Rivette, France)
+ QUINCE TREE OF THE SUN (1992, Victor Erice, Spain)
Each of them got 3 votes, or 21 %

7.ANGEL’S FALL (2005, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey)
+ BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Thailand)
+ FATE (1994, Fred Kelemen, Germany)
+ RAIN DOGS (2006, Ho Yuhang, Malaysia)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 14 %

11.ARIES: A POEM FOR KATIA (2004, Faozan Rizal, Indonesia)
+AUTOHYSTORIA (2007, Raya Martin, Philippines)
+ DYING AT A HOSPITAL (1993, Jun Ichikawa, Japan)
+ THE KITE (2002, Aleksai Muradov, Russia)
+ THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN (1978, Peter Handke, West Germany)
+ THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992, Terence Davies, UK)
+ NATHALIE GRANGER (1972, Marguerite Duras, France)
+ NO PLACE, NOWHERE (2004, Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Chile)
+ OURS DOESN’T WORK (2003, Nicolas Alvarez, Ivan Wolovik, Argentina)
+ SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT (2003, Daniel Eisenberg, USA)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 7 %

–I’m glad GOODBYE, DRAGON INN won the most votes, because I like this Tsai Ming-liang’s film very much. I think I like it because its lack of story and its lack of humor. GOODBYE, DRAGON INN certainly has some humor, but maybe not as much as THE WAYWARD CLOUD (2005). I think the humor and the stories in Tsai Ming-liang films create some distance between me and his films, but when the story and the humor are reduced, such as in GOODBYE, DRAGON INN, I can get more pleasures from watching it. I also love A CONVERSATION WITH GOD (2000, Tsai Ming-liang) very much, and I think it is because this film also lacks story and humor.

If anyone loves Tsai’s films but feels some distance from Tsai’s humor like me, I strongly recommend JACKY (2000, Fow Pyng Hu, Brat Ljatifi, Netherlands, A+).

–I just got a brochure of 2008 BANGKOK FRINGE FESTIVAL, and I screamed in delight when I saw the film program in this festival. Films in this festival include INVISIBLE CITY (2007, Tan Pin Pin, Singapore), A STUDY FOR THE SKIES (1989, Raymond Red, Philippines), TULI (2006, Auraeus Solito, Philippines), A SHORT FILM ABOOUT THE INDIO NACIONAL (2006, Raya Martin, Philippines), and BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Thailand), which is one of my most favorite films of all time.

I don’t know why the website of Patravadi Theatre doesn’t include the film schedule yet. I just knew about it from the brochure. I hope Patravadi’s website will publish the film schedule soon.
http://www.patravaditheatre.com/

Unfortunately, I have to work on 2-3 February, so I can’t go to see Tan Pin Pin’s and Raymond Red’s film, but I think I will go to see TULI and BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA on February 16 at 15.00 hrs, and A SHORT FILM ABOUT INDIO NACIONAL on February 17 at 17.00 hrs.

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