Watched: McCabe, Mrs. Miller, and the end of all things

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"I got poetry in me, dammit."

I don’t think I’ll ever watch McCabe & Mrs. Miller again. This isn’t anything to do with the film. I think it’s wonderful; I think it’s one of my favourites. I’ve written papers about it. I’ve seen it, I think, three times straight through, and a handful of other times, other ways. I saw it again at the Lightbox last week, on real 35mm, and man, it looked amazing. And it really got to me, too, you know? That stupid, ineffectual man. That absolutely castrated male ego. All the things that means. All the things that, in a frontier setting,  points towards. America. Manhood. Me.

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Mamo #344: Narrative

News about TIFF Kids, the Time Bandits Podcast, and Shorts That Are Not Pants; followed by further discussion of narrative and storytelling in the genres we call “video game movies” and “comic book movies.” It’s a Marvel! Join us.

"Donne-moi tes tétons." LÉOLO playing tonight at the Lightbox.
(The above frame, incidentally, was my entree into foreign-language cinema, I believe.)

"Donne-moi tes tétons." LÉOLO playing tonight at the Lightbox.

(The above frame, incidentally, was my entree into foreign-language cinema, I believe.)

The Conversation: Cronenberg vs. Mortensen, TIFF Bell Lightbox Jan 13 2014

David Cronenberg doesn’t storyboard. This hit me like a thunderclap at the “In Conversation With…” session at the Lightbox on Monday night, where Cronenberg took the stage with Viggo Mortensen to discuss their three collaborations together - A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. I think Violence and Method are terrific pictures; I could take or leave Eastern Promises, and Cronenberg generally, except that he’s such a fascinating speaker and writer on his own work. Cronenberg on Cronenberg is essential reading for any filmmaker or film fan - and heavens, he gave as good as he got last Monday night.

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moviesincolor:

David Cronenberg WeekThe Fly, 1986Cinematography: Mark Irwin

And a third, as I kick off my Cronenberg viewing at the Lightbox tonight.

moviesincolor:

David Cronenberg Week
The Fly, 1986
Cinematography: Mark Irwin

And a third, as I kick off my Cronenberg viewing at the Lightbox tonight.

What’s Your Take on Cronenberg?

Buried under yesterday’s Ford news, this excellent roundup on Dorkshelf as Toronto prepares to inundate itself with Cronenberg mania down at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Price and I contributed brief blurbs on Naked Lunch and The Fly, respectively.

bbook:

"Of course there’s a great pleasure in the act of polarization. You know you’ve touched people very deep if people can love or hate you for the same reason. But it’s never comfortable when people hate you, yet at the same time, you have to understand and respect the psyche and how it works. But I like the creativity of polarization because it means opposite ends, that’s almost what the films are: extremes.

"It’s almost like you know how a film can just evoke you into having a good time. To have a good time, there are so many other options, why would you choose this over something else? Being violated, either in a good way or a bad way, it leaves a very strong aftermath."

A CONVERSATION WITH NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Reminder, Refn at the Lightbox starts this week.

bbook:

"Of course there’s a great pleasure in the act of polarization. You know you’ve touched people very deep if people can love or hate you for the same reason. But it’s never comfortable when people hate you, yet at the same time, you have to understand and respect the psyche and how it works. But I like the creativity of polarization because it means opposite ends, that’s almost what the films are: extremes.

"It’s almost like you know how a film can just evoke you into having a good time. To have a good time, there are so many other options, why would you choose this over something else? Being violated, either in a good way or a bad way, it leaves a very strong aftermath."
A CONVERSATION WITH NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Reminder, Refn at the Lightbox starts this week.

(Source: theletters2juliet)

The Conversation: David Bordwell @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, June 10 2013

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I attended David Bordwell’s talk at the BLB last week; was rather terrified and excited to learn that the Lightbox has a “senior manager of adult learning” – and would like very much to know how one gets that job. Bordwell was in the house to discuss his ideas on how cinema transforms the martial arts, which is an interesting way to put it – the tools of cinema do, of course, extend and enhance the capabilities of the performers to allow them to do things we accept as part of some mutually-agreed-upon magical reality version of real-life martial arts technique.

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Watched: Odd Obsession, Oz the Great and Powerful, Jurassic Park 3-D

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Stepped out of the game for what was going to be a minute and turned into four months - four months in which I never visited the Lightbox, rarely went to the movies at all, and sat on the sidelines while the whole world flipped on its back like a drunken sea turtle. And then I went to New Zealand, and had one of the best moviegoing experiences of my whole life. And then I came back, and then the Substream died and then Ebert died, and absent an outlet or even a clear sense of what I’m doing, I’m a writer sorely in need of a content strategy; until then, though, there’s always the blog, and Watched, and here we are.

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