Limitless Cinema in Broken English

June 4, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 8:14 pm

This is my comment in Girish Shambu’s blog:

Marc Raymond, thank you very much for the information on Bela Tarr.

Maya, thank you for telling me about that painting of Caravaggio. It is disturbing.

Apart from paintings, I found some photos disturbing and great at the same time, such as NAN ONE MONTH AFTER BEING BATTERED (1984) by Nan Goldin, and some photos by Joel-Peter Witkin.

Talking about gender in horror films reminds me of two scenes which give me guilty pleasure—Ryan Phillippe’s shower in I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997, Jim Gillespie) and a scene in which Matt Bomer and Taylor Handley were tied up in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING (2006, Jonathan Liebesman). I wish they were tied up for a different purpose.

As for the question “What, in your opinion, are difficult-to-watch films that are nevertheless rewarding and valuable?,” I think I would like to answer it by making a list of my favorite films which are difficult-to-watch because they involve body pain. Most of them are not real horror, but are feel-bad films. I can’t guarantee that they are rewarding and valuable. I just like them very much.

1.CRY IN SILENCE (2006, J. G. Biggs)

2.EXTASE DE CHAIR BRISEE (2005, Frederick Maheux, Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt)
This short film is included in the compilation dvd called L’EROTISME.

3.IMPRINT (2006, Takashi Miike)

4.IN MY SKIN (2002, Marina de Van)

5.IS IT EASY TO KILL/PRAY? (2005, Sherman Ong)

6.I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978, Meir Zarchi)

7.MONDOMANILA (2004, Khavn de la Cruz)

8.PAIN (1994, Eric Khoo)



  1. Cool post, and, disturbing pictures too!

    Comment by 1minutefilmreview — June 5, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Thanks 🙂

    This is my reply to Matthew Hunt in my bilingual blog:

    I don’t know much about Joel-Peter Witkin, and I haven’t heard of Andres Serrano before. Thanks for the information. I like the inspiration of Joel-Peter Witkin very much—the incident when he was a child and saw a little girl being decapitated.

    “It happened on a Sunday when my mother was escorting my twin brother and me down the steps of the tenement where we lived. We were going to church. While walking down the hallway to the entrance of the building, we heard an incredible crash mixed with screaming and cries for help. The accident involved three cars, all with families in them. Somehow, in the confusion, I was no longer holding my mother’s hand. At the place where I stood at the curb, I could see something rolling from one of the overturned cars. It stopped at the curb where I stood. It was the head of a little girl. I bent down to touch the face, to speak to it — but before I could touch it someone carried me away.”

    This incident somehow reminds me of an incident at the Victory Monument in Bangkok when I was a little child. There was a bus accident which decapitated a female passenger who just stepped out of a bus. The head of that woman flew through the air and fell at the feet of a bystander who was waiting for a bus at that bus stop. The rumor said that the bystander suddenly fainted. I’m glad I didn’t see this incident with my own eyes. Just listening to the rumor about this incident makes me feel bad enough.

    I’m not sure about the artistic or aesthetic values of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and EXTASE DE CHAIR BRISEE. But judging from my own feelings and emotions, these two films are very powerful for me. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE made me not want to have sex for a very long time, while EXTASE DE CHAIR BRISEE makes me think it is a very “beautiful” film in its own unique and perverse way.

    I’m sure I will go to see Nan Goldin’s photos. I’m glad they will be shown at Silom Galleria, because it is easy to go there.

    Comment by celinejulie — June 5, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

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