Saturday, July 4, 2009

Anne Hathaway

Uncertain Glory (1944)

In France during WWII a criminal who is about to be executed via the guillotine turns his conviction into a sacrfice for his country.

Unusual existentialist drama with more emphasis on the philosophical aspects of the story than on sentimentality.

Who's That Girl?

The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.

Slightly tongue-in-cheek tale about artistic ambition and integrity.

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Wonderland (2003)

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Fast-paced and exciting exploration of the Wonderland murders from multiple perspectives. The movie accentuates John Holmes' dubious role in the massacre, the whole story turning into a horrifying nightmare.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Anna Maria Jagodzinska

ph: David Sims

Indeterminacy 110

One winter David Tudor and I were touring in the
Middle West. From Cincinnati we drove to
Yellow Springs to drum up an engagement for Merce
Cunningham and his Dance Company. In this
way we met the McGarys. Keith was teaching
philosophy at Antioch College and Donna taught
weaving and dancing. My conversation with
Keith McGary had no sooner begun than we
discovered our mutual interest in mushrooms.
I told him that I’d never seen the
winter-growing Collybia velutipes. He opened
the front door and, using a flashlight,
showed me the plant growing in the snow from the
roots of a nearby tree. He told me what
difficulty he was having finding books about fungi.
I gave him my copy of Hard which I’d
brought along. This book deals especially
with Ohio mushrooms. The next day I
located two copies of the book in a second-hand
bookstore in Columbus. I bought them both.
Each winter I find the Collybia,
the velvet footed, in quantity.
How is it I didn’t notice it
during the winters before I met Keith McGary?

- John Cage

Mayuko Iwasa

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself

It can hardly get any better than this: this is maybe Hollywood's greatest sophisticated comedy with 3 stars in best form: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. This is also one of my all-time favourites, and I've seen it several dozen times, Hepburn is most beautiful in this.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

ph: Terry Richardson

The Pillow Book (1996)

As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting, a ritual that will dominate the rest of her life.

A typical example of Greenaway's pretentiousness by stuffing as much artiness into 2 hours of film as possible, but nevertheless beautiful images aplenty.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pina Bausch R.I.P.

I've never been much of a fan of dance or ballet, but Pina Bausch's work was way beyond any labeling, always mesmerizing.

You can find a biography here

Isabelle McNally

So who invented the moonwalk?

According to Wikipedia MJ got it from David Bowie who didn't invent it either:


Anna Gushina

The movies I watched in June

3 Godfathers (1948) 8

Across the Pacific (1942) 7
Amarcord (1973) 7
An American Crime (2007) 7
Benny's Video (1992) 6
Caché (2005) 7
Captain Blood (1935) 8

Catwoman (2004) 5
Chun gwong cha sit (1997) 6
Costantino il grande (1962) 5
Desperate Journey (1942) 6
Footsteps in the Dark (1941) 6
Heartbreakers (2001) 5
In This Our Life (1942) 7
Johan (1921) 6
Kim (1950) 6
Kung Fu Panda (2008) 6
Le concile de pierre (2006) 5
Le fantôme de la liberté (1974) 10

Le tatoué (1968) 5
Legend of the Lost (1957) 6
March On, America! (1942) 6
McLintock! (1963) 6
Now, Voyager (1942) 8

Postmortem (1998/I) 5
San Antonio (1945) 5
Shimotsuma monogatari (2004) 7
Shock Corridor (1963) 7
Silver River (1948) 5
Sorstalanság (2005) 7
Spanish Fiesta (1942) 6
Spartan (2004) 6
Sweet Lorraine (1987) 5
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) 5
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 10

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) 7
"Inspector George Gently: The Burning Man (#1.1)" (2008) 6
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) 7
The Dark Knight (2008) 7
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) 5
The Fog (2005) 5
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) 5
The Horse Soldiers (1959) 6
The Land Girls (1998) 6
The Perfect Storm (2000) 5
The Prince and the Pauper (1937) 7
The Shootist (1976) 7
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) 6
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) 6
V for Vendetta (2005) 7
Volver (2006/I) 7
Voyage of Terror (1998) (TV) 4
WarGames (1983) 6
Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? (2007) (TV) 6

Daiane Conterato

ph: Gui Paganini

Indeterminacy 147

When I first went to Paris, I did so instead of returning to
Pomona College for my junior year. As I looked around, it was
Gothic architecture that impressed me most. And of that
architecture I preferred the flamboyant style of the fifteenth
century. In this style my interest was attracted by balustrades.
These I studied for six weeks in the Bibliothèque Mazarin,
getting to the library when the doors were opened and not leaving
until they were closed. Professor Pijoan, whom I had known at
Pomona, arrived in Paris and asked me what I was doing. (We were
standing in one of the railway stations there.) I told him. He
gave me literally a swift kick in the pants and then said, “Go
tomorrow to Goldfinger. I’ll arrange for you to work with him.
He’s a modern architect.” After a month of working with
Goldfinger, measuring the dimensions of rooms which he was to
modernize, answering the telephone, and drawing Greek columns,
I overheard Goldfinger saying, “To be an architect, one must
devote one’s life solely to architecture.” I then left him, for,
as I explained, there were other things that interested me,
music and painting for instance. ¶ Five years later, when
Schoenberg asked me whether I would devote my life to music, I
said, “Of course.” After I had been studying with him for two
years, Schoenberg said, “In order to write music, you must have
a feeling for harmony.” I explained to him that I had no feeling
for harmony. He then said that I would always encounter
an obstacle, that it would be as though I came to a wall
through which I could not pass. I said, “In that case I will
devote my life to beating my head against that wall.”

- John Cage

Diana Farkhullina

The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Two lookalike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like.

I always loved this Mark Twain adaptation, lots of fun for kids, good old-fashioned entertainment.

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WarGames (1983)

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

At the time this movie was released I found it to be quite entertaining, but it's a bit outdated by now.