Limitless Cinema in Broken English

May 7, 2008

TEN RECOMMENDED DVDS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:21 pm

FAVORITE SONG

YOUR MIND IS TWISTED (THE CUBEGUYS REMIX) – Greg, Jeroenski & Roog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT4k_44Oikk

Thanks to Parichaba who recommends me this song.

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This is my comment in Girish Shambu’s blog:
http://www.girishshambu.com/blog/2008/04/dvds.html

I’m sorry that some of the following DVDs are not region-1.

I just knew from Wise Kwai’s blog about some new interesting Malaysian DVDs. They are:

1.LOVE CONQUERS ALL (2006, Tan Chui Mui)

2.THREE SHORT FILMS BY TAN CHUI MUI

3.VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW (2007, Amir Muhammad)

4.BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (2006, James Lee)

I saw all these films and like them very much. You can buy these DVDs from this website:
http://www.dahuangpictures.com/shop/

Wise Kwai’s blog is here:
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com/

Other DVDs which I highly recommend are Swiss films with English subtitles which can be bought from http://www.artfilm.ch/. I don’t know whether they were released long time ago or just released recently, but I love all of them.

5.NOCTURNE (2003, Riccardo Signorell)
http://www.artfilm.ch/nocturne.php?lang=e
This film shows a few days in the life of a suicidal man. The film is almost plotless. I think this film lacks ‘the intensity of life’ which is something found in some films by Louis Malle (LE FEU FOLLET), Philippe Garrel, Maurice Pialat, or Jean Eustache. However, considering this film comes from an unknown director, I think it is much better than expected.

6.CORN IN PARLIAMENT (2003, Jean Stephane Bron)
http://www.artfilm.ch/jeanstephanebron.php
This superb political documentary is sold together with other two films by Jean Stephan Bron. They are CONNU DE NOS SERVICES (1997) and LA BONNE CONDUITE (1999).

7.A LONG WINTER WITHOUT FIRE (2004, Greg Zglinski)
http://www.artfilm.ch/toutunhiversansfeu.php
Aurelien Recoing (TIME OUT) gives a great performance in this film.

There are also some old DVDs which I would like to recommend:

8.COMING HOME (2003, Andreas Kleinert, Germany)
I just found that amazon.com has this DVD with English subtitles. I haven’t seen this film, but it won a lot of awards, and I love OUT OF TIME (NEBEN DER ZEIT) (1995), which is also directed by Andreas Kleinert.

9.GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001, Sven Taddicken, Germany)
I totally love the ending of this film and EMMA’S BLISS (2006, Sven Taddicken). This DVD with English subtitle is available from amazon.com

10.ABSOLUTE WILSON (2006, Katharina Otto-Bernstein)
Last year I was fascinated by VIDEO 50 (1978, Robert Wilson), and I am glad to know that there is a documentary on Robert Wilson available as DVD from amazon.com. I haven’t seen this documentary, but I’m sure it’s interesting.

These are images of NOCTURNE from outnow.ch:
http://outnow.ch/Media/Img/2003/Nocturne/

 

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2 Comments »

  1. CelineJulie, thank you for these recommendations! I have saved and bookmarked your post.

    I’ve heard much about Amir Muhammad but have not had the chance to see anything by him yet.

    Comment by girish — May 9, 2008 @ 4:02 am

  2. As for Amir Muhammad’s films, I also saw LOST (2000, 9 min, A+) and THE LAST COMMUNIST (2006, A+). I think THE LAST COMMUNIST is more innovative than VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW, because Amir inserts some funny political song-and-dance routines into THE LAST COMMUNIST, which is something I haven’t found in any other political documentaries. However, I prefer VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW to THE LAST COMMUNIST. Maybe it is because I prefer the calmer feelings in VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW. I think Amir tries to please the audience too much in THE LAST COMMUNIST.

    Comment by celinejulie — May 11, 2008 @ 12:38 pm


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