Limitless Cinema in Broken English

October 26, 2009

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON IS THE WINNER

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:29 pm

My poll 66 ended with 11 votes. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:

THESE GREAT FILMS ARE SUPPORTED BY HUBERT BALS FUND. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?

1.MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (2000, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)

It got 8 votes, or 72 %.

2.DIVINE INTERVENTION (2002, Elia Suleiman, Palestine)

It got 5 votes, or 45 %.

3.INDEPENDENCIA (2009, Raya Martin, Philippines)
+WONDERFUL TOWN (2008, Aditya Assarat, Thailand)

Each of them got 4 votes, or 36 %.

5.JAPON (2002, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico)
+PLATFORM (2000, Jia Zhangke, China)
+THE SKY, THE EARTH, AND THE RAIN (2008, Jose Luis Torres Leiva,
Chile)

Each of them got 3 votes, or 27 %.

8.4 (2005, Ilya Khrjanovsky, Russia)
+LA RABIA (2008, Albertina Carri, Argentina)
+VIOLET PERFUME – NOBODY HEARS YOU (2000, Marysa Sistach, Mexico)

Each of them got 2 votes, or 18 %.

11.ALICE’S HOUSE (2007, Chico Teixeira, Brazil)
+FEAST OF VILLAINS (2008, Pan Jianlin, China)
+FORGIVENESS (2004, Ian Gabriel, South Africa)
+FOTOGRAF (2001, Kazim Oz, Turkey)
+MAGIC GLOVES (2003, Martin Rejtman, Argentina)
+SUMMER BOOK (2008, Seyfi Teoman, Turkey)

Each of them got 1 vote, or 9%.

17.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines)
+DREAMS (2005, Mohamed Al Daradji, Iraq)
+INLAND (2008, Tariq Teguia, Algeria)
+THIRST (2003, Tawfik Abu Wael, Israel)

Each of them got 0 vote.

–Apart from the excellent ZDF/ARTE, I think there are many interesting film companies. Some are film production companies. Some are film distributor companies. I think the interesting ones include:

1.WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (FRANCE)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/

1.1 COUNTRY TEACHER (2008, Bohdan Slama, Czech, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=54&PHPSESSID=80ae08633848db6a495e4c7bf913ef30

1.2 LET’S DANCE (2007, Noemie Lvovsky, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=51

1.3 MY SON (2006, Martial Fougeron, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=31

1.4 LE PETIT LIEUTENANT (2005, Xavier Beauvois, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=31

1.5 COMMENT JE ME SUIS DISPUTE…(MA VIE SEXUELLE) (1996, Arnaud Desplechin, A+)
http://www.whynotproductions.fr/film3.php?id=11

2.LES FILMS DU LOSANGE (FRANCE)
http://www.filmsdulosange.fr/
http://www.filmsdulosange.fr/fr_catalogue.php

2.1 HIDDEN (Michael Haneke, A+)

2.2 VIVA ALGERIA (Nadir Mokneche, A+)

2.3 THE GREEN RAY (Eric Rohmer, A+)

2.4 TO BE AND TO HAVE (Nicholas Philibert, A+)

2.5 EUROPA EUROPA (Agnieszska Holland, A+)

3.KILLER FILMS (USA)
http://www.killerfilms.com/filmography.html

3.1 A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2004, Michael Mayer, A+)

3.2 THE COMPANY (2003, Robert Altman, A)

3.3 FAR FROM HEAVEN (2003, Todd Haynes, A+)

3.4 STORYTELLING (2001, Todd Solondz, A+)

3.5 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001, John Cameron Mitchell, A+)

4.FORTISSIMO (NETHERLANDS)
http://www.fortissimo.nl/default.asp

4.1 ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU (2001, Shunji Iwai, A+)

4.2 THE BLUE KITE (1993, Tian Zhuangzhuang, A+)

4.3 CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994, Wong Kar-wai, A+)

4.4 THE DRESS (1996, Alex van Warmerdam, A+)

4.5 EYE IN THE SKY (2007, Yau Nai Hoi, A)

5.ELECTRIC EEL FILMS (THAILAND)
http://www.electriceelfilms.com/work.html

5.1 LIKE.REAL.LOVE (2008, Anocha Suwichakornpong, A+)

5.2 SMALL WORLD (2008, Wasunun Hutawetch, A+)

5.3 FOUR BOYS, WHITE WHISKEY, AND GRILLED MOUSE (2009, Wichanon Somumjarn, A+)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jzNB2j8sJQ

5.4 ONE SEPTEMBER STORY (2008, Teekhadet Vucharadhanin, A+)

5.5 SILENCIO (2007, Sivaroj Kongsakul, A+)

6.UTV (INDIA)
http://www.utvnet.com/mp_production.htm

6.1 KAMINEY (2009, Vishal Bhardwaj, A-)

6.2 JODHAA AKBAR (2008, Ashutosh Gowariker, A+)

6.3 DELHI-6 (2009, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-2wCCkWhhk

6.4 AGYAAT (2009, Ram Gopal Verma)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4u3psdmx2Q

6.5 AAMIR (2008, Raj Kumar Gupta)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CitnPPJ3B8s

7.DARK CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT (USA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Castle_Entertainment

This Hollywood company produces “guilty pleasures” for me

7.1 GOTHIKA (2003, Mathieu Kassovitz, A+)

7.2 HOUSE OF WAX (2005, Jaume Collet-Serra, A+)

7.3 WHITEOUT (2009, Dominic Sena, A+/A)

7.4 ORPHAN (2009, Jaume Collet-Serra, A+)

7.5 NINJA ASSASSIN (2009, James McTeigue)

8.AMERICAN ZOETROPE (USA)
http://www.zoetrope.com/

8.1 LUDWIG: REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING (1972, Hans-Juergen Syberberg, A+)

8.2 SLOW MOTION (1979, Jean-Luc Godard, A+)

8.3 MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS (1985, Paul Schrader, A+/A)

8.4 JEEPERS CREEPERS (2001, Victor Salva, A+)

8.5 KINSEY (2004, Bill Condon, A+/A)

9.BARRANDOV STUDIOS (CZECH)
http://www.barrandov.com/

9.1 CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS (1966, Jiri Menzel, A)

9.2 LEA (1997, Ivan Fila, A+/A)

9.3 LITTLE OTIK (2000, Jan Svankmajer)

9.4 ZELARY (2003, Ondrej Trojan)

9.5 OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN (2008, Vladimir Michalek)

10.GTH (THAILAND)
http://www.gth.co.th/th/index.php

Yes, most films of this company are middlebrow. But I think one interesting thing about this mainstream company is the fact that the word “GTH” somehow has become an adjective, meaning “middlebrow romantic comedy” or “too feel-good”, or “safe/uncontroversial”, or something like that. When a Thai cinephile talks to his Thai friends, “I think this foreign film is like a GTH film, but a little bit better than GTH”, his friends understand instantly how that foreign film is like. The Thai cinephile doesn’t have to describe a lot about that foreign film, just using the word “GTH” is enough.
It is more difficult to use the words “Sahamongkol Film” or “Phranakorn Film” as adjective, because these two Thai film companies seem to produce films with more varied styles and more varied qualities.

10.1 DEAR GALILEO (2009, Nithiwat Tharathorn, A+/A)

10.2 HORMONES (2008, Songyos Sukmakanant, A+)

10.3 HANDLE ME WITH CARE (2008, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, A+)

10.4 FINAL SCORE (2007, Soraya Nakhasuwan, A+)

10.5 METROSEXUAL (2006, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, A+)

11.HAMMER FILM PRODUCTIONS (UK)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammer_Film_Productions

12.SHAW BROTHERS STUDIO (HONG KONG)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaw_Brothers_Studio

13.MIRAMAX
In early 1990’s, the word MIRAMAX means “above average films” to me. Since late 1990’s, the word MIRAMAX means “mostly middlebrow” to me.

14.FILM4 PRODUCTIONS (UK)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film4_Productions

15.SHOWBOX (SOUTH KOREA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showbox

16.CJ ENTERTAINMENT (SOUTH KOREA)
http://www.cjent.co.kr/eng/

17.WILD BUNCH
http://www.wildbunch.biz/homepage.cfm

18.MEDUSA (ITALY)
http://www.medusa.it/

19.RAI CINEMA (ITALY)
http://www.raicinema.it/dl/RaiCinema/home_.html

20.TF1 (FRANCE)
http://www.variety.com/profiles/Company/role/Production%20Company/2111282/TF1+Films+Productions.html?dataSet=1

20.1 A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (2004, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, A+)

20.2 SADE (2002, Benoit Jacquot, A)

20.3 ASSASSIN(S) (1997, Mathieu Kassovitz, A+/A)

20.4 MOON IN THE GUTTER (1983, Jean-Jacques Beineix, A+)

20.5 MY AMERICAN UNCLE (1980, Alain Resnais, A+)

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–I think some record companies are also very interesting, such as:

1.LES DISQUES DU CREPUSCULE
http://home.planet.nl/~frankbri/crestory.html

2.SARAH RECORDS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Records

3.LABRADOR (SWEDEN)
http://www.labrador.se/index125.html

3.1 SAY YES IF YOU LOVE ME – Acid House Kings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mj7jZDGlWw

3.2 LOVE IN DECEMBER – Club 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVKKY-vbEA

3.3 WHEN NOTHING – Afraid of Stairs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8RtypYfypQ

3.4 RENT A WRECK – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGGdIfhJh8

3.5 PULLING OUR WEIGHT – The Radio Dept.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1aT8fNBts8

4.4AD
http://www.4ad.com/

5.PWL
http://www.pwl-empire.com/discog.html

6.AVEX
http://avexnet.jp/list/

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2 Comments »

  1. Any tips on how i can get my hands on a PAL English version of Mysterious Objects at Noon? Thanks.

    Comment by Bex — December 31, 2009 @ 5:57 am

  2. Maybe you can buy the DVD from the link below. I’m sure it has English subtitles, but I’m not sure if it is PAL or not.
    http://www.plexifilm.com/title.php?id=4&t=specs

    Comment by celinejulie — December 31, 2009 @ 9:41 am


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