Limitless Cinema in Broken English

October 3, 2008

FILMS ABOUT FILMS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 9:42 pm

This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=1462.90

–I just knew from WiseKwai’s blog about another blog called ASIAN CINEMA – WHILE ON THE ROAD. This blog has reviews of HISTERIA, DAYS OF TURQUOISE SKY, BREATHING IN MUD, and AUTUMN.
http://asian-cinema.blogspot.com/

Filmsick thinks that the films of the twenty-first century cannot be only films which refer to other films or films which tribute to other films any more, but films in this century should criticize themselves at the same time, such as NOW SHOWING (2008, Raya Martin), IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA, 24 CITY, and many films by Keren Cytter.

I don’t understand fully what Filmsick said, but what he said makes me think about two subgroups of films which may have some connections with “films referring films” and “films criticizing films”. These two subgroups of films are:

1.FILMS WHICH SEEM TO CONTAIN MORE THAN ONE GENRE IN THEM, THUS REMINDING US OF THE CONVENTION OF GENRE CINEMA OR PLAYING WITH IT

1.1 DON’T FORGET YOU’RE GOING TO DIE (1995, Xavier Beauvois)

1.2 DOOMSDAY (2008, Neil Marshall)

1.3 FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996, Robert Rodriguez)

1.4 THE MIRROR (1997, Jafar Panahi)

1.5 STORYTELLING (2001, Todd Solondz)

2.FILMS WHICH SEEM TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT “FILM” OR MAKE ME AWARE OF THE STRUCTURE OR THE MANIPULATION OF SOME KINDS OF FILMS

2.1 Many films by Jean-Luc Godard

One instance which comes to my mind is JLG/JLG – SELF PORTRAIT IN DECEMBER (1995), which has some scenes dealing with a blind film editor. I don’t know what it means, but my friend likes it very much.

2.2 PLAYING (2007, Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil)

I haven’t seen this film yet, but I think it is very interesting.

Synopsis from IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1165293/

“Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation”

2.3 BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, Thailand)
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20080219/birth-of-seanema-2004-1

According to what Filmsick wrote in Thai, this film may concern the birth of cinema, which contains only one origin element—images. The images in this film are vaguely connected by a story about lost memories and invented memories.

2.4 DANGER (DIRECTOR’S CUT) (2008, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Thailand)

2.5 THE DAY I LEAVE THE CLASSROOM (ภาพเคลื่อนไหว) (2008, Witchuta Watjanarat, Thailand)

2.6 FUNNY GAMES (1997, Michael Haneke)

2.7 A PLACE AMONG THE LIVING (2003, Raoul Ruiz)
I think this film plays with the elements of film noir.

2.8 PULP FICTION (1994, Quentin Tarantino)

2.9 REAL (2008, Uhten Sririwi, Thailand)

2.10 THE SCREAM TRILOGY (Wes Craven)

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