Film Micrœview #502: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Shrug.

I mean, It’s Pee-Wee. There’s nothing else quite like it. But what is it? An oddity.

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Film Micrœview #501: Grand Bizarre

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Shrug.

I think this film overstays its welcome. It has its moments. I particularly enjoyed how toward the beginning it foregrounds the profilmic time, causing us to think about the time it took the author to change textiles between shots and the effort to make that timing consistent by showing processes outside such as the movement of a boat past objects in the background, and then at the end lets us experience that time directly in the form of audio by playing a recording of the production process as the final result of that effort plays hundreds of times faster, in turn causing us to reflect on the grand total of time the author must have spent to create the effect.

Why are there clearly Bart and CalTrain sounds, though I don’t see anything from the Bay Area on screen?

Film Micrœview #500: What We Left Unfinished

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Bad.

I appreciate the idea of this film. And I appreciate the glimpse I got into another time in another world. But the craft was lacking.

I think I even liked the movie less after the Q&A with the director and editor. I felt like they were spinning obviously badly crafted aspects of the film as if they were positives which made me more frustrated, and pointed out things that totally made sense in retrospect but which I definitely did not pick up from the movie itself but then felt like I should have and it was their fault. For instance, I didn’t understand that the reason they focused on films that were unfinished was that they had not made it to the censors yet. I could have probably pieced that together but I feel like that is the sort of thing that should have been quite foundational and explicit up front.

I also felt like the actual history behind the events was fuzzy and I wasn’t sure whether this movie was only made for people already in the know about Afghanistan’s history; one aesthetic choice might have been for us to experience history like the people did, without knowing what was coming next. But there was just too much going on with the layers of documentary being represented by footage from others’ fiction films for me to handle that lack of knowledge at the same time. I don’t think they effectively went either direction on that challenge.

It was clumsy how the films were unfinished for different reasons and most were in one category and just one was in the other.

 

Film Micrœview #499: The Black Cauldron

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Bad.

My lord was this film mediocre. Just horrible animation, storytelling, character building. So trite and awkward and scattered and unexciting.

Film Micrœview #498: Kabul, City in the Wind

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Good.

The atmosphere of this film will stick with me. It’s so dusty in this portrayal of Kabul that it feels to be perpetually twilight. Beautiful and desolate imagery.

Film Micrœview #497: Suburban Birds

04.21.2019 § Leave a comment

Rating: Good.

Kind of lke Lynchian weavings of spatio-temporally semi-overlapping worlds, but with Lynch’s crazed horror exchanged for a contemplative innocence. I was into the strange crash zooms in and out during the sadder, “present day” segments. Cool song at the end credits too, though I couldn’t figure out what it was.

Dream 594: On The Floo

04.20.2019 § Leave a comment

Karin’s youngest brother is our connect at a science expo; his famous sports player friend is also a scientific genius. Someone is trying to kick Karin and I off the floor while he’s away, and we’re trying out various ways of explaining our relevance in terms of relationships to stay.

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