Limitless Cinema in Broken English

March 16, 2008

NOW PROMISE NOW THREAT (2005, Paul Chan, A+)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 7:06 am

–There are some news on the censorship of SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY. You can read it from Matthew Hunt’s blog and Wise Kwai’s blog:

http://www.matthewhunt.com/blog/2008/03/syndromes-century-appeal-fails.html

http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/2008/03/apichatpong-exhausted-officially.html

–Jesse makes a very interesting observation on SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY. You can read it from his blog:
http://memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com/

–I still haven’t seen SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY.

FAVORITE READING:

1.Dan Sallitt on Michel Deville
http://www.panix.com/~sallitt/blog/2008/03/michel-deville-nina-companez-and-cause.html

2.Dechito on THE MIST

http://dechito.blogspot.com/2008/03/mist.html

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This is my comment in Bioscope Webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.870

–The new issue of SENSES OF CINEMA is out now. There are two articles on Nina Menkes in this issue.
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/index.html
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/08/46/nina-menkes-jiang-hu.html
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/08/46/nina-menkes-interview.html

–Coincidentally, I saw three films which seems to deal with religious institutions in February—THE MIST (2007, Frank Darabont, A+), THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson, A+), and NOW PROMISE NOW THREAT (2005, Paul Chan, A+). These three films don’t show the religious institution in a positive way. NOW PROMISE NOW THREAT is a documentary which shows that while some religious people think abortion is a serious sin, they support the war in Iraq. I don’t understand their logic. These real cruel religious people in NOW PROMISE NOW THREAT reminds me of the fictional religious people in THE MIST.

Moreover, the hypocrisy of religious people in NOW PROMISE NOW THREAT reminds me of a notorious sentence said by a so-called Thai monk before the Bangkok Massacre in October 1976. The so-called monk said that KILLING COMMUNISTS IS NOT A SIN.

–I guess that notorious sentence is the inspiration for the film DIALOGUE 3: KILLING CAPITALISTS IS NOT A SIN (2002, Manussak Dokmai). I haven’t seen this film yet, but I still hope someone will organize a retrospective of Manussak Dokmai soon.

 

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