Monday, April 19, 2021

The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain is a 1973 surrealist film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. This is an astounding film. I found it online here and here.


Philosophy in Film says,
film is most effective as a reflection of its anarchistic counter-cultural roots, both in its production and style. It has been noted that LSD played a large part in the conception and development of the project (both for Jodorowsky and his cast), and the film consistently seeks to reject modernist ideologies and narrative forms. Though there is an overt progression to the plot, insofar as it is a rather clear-cut journey towards a particular goal, the film frequently branches off into surreal visions, most notable for their pagan imagery.
Slant Magazine says,
The Holy Mountain is nothing if not exuberant while cartwheeling its way through the cosmos and back through the non sequitur-strewn plains and deserts, towns and cities, ridges and ranges of Mexico. Jodorowsky nearly died twice during the production, one time at the hands of his own lead, stirring one to bestow The Holy Mountain with that oft-overused label of a “passion project.” For even if you don’t totally buy what Jodorowsky is selling, you have to stand in awe of his belief in his intangible product.
Time Out says, "We will not see its like again." Rotten Tomatoes has an audience consensus rating of 89%.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

ATC 42

This was the 301st ATC I made. I made it in response to the inspiration prompt "Numbers" back in April. 2019.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Hold Back the Dawn

Hold Back the Dawn is a 1941 film starring Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, and Paulette Goddard. You can watch it online here. I can't find a trailer online. This is a screenshot from early in Boyer's courting of the American schoolteacher:

The NYT calls it a "Poignant Romance". Emmanuel Levy has an article about the film and its Oscar nominations. Leonard Maltin says, "Boyer’s character is a manipulator and a heel, yet still compelling because of the actor’s charisma."

DVD Beaver says,
A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen's film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards
Rotten Tomatoes has a critics consensus rating of 100%.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs Kong is a 2021 monster movie we watched on HBO Max. We subscribed to HBO Max to check it out for a month, but as the months pass we keep it. There's a lot there. This movie is a wonderful addition to the Monsterverse film series. This is the 4th, with the 1st 3 being Godzilla; Kong: Skull Island; and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I've enjoyed them all. I'd watch them in order.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Deaf Sam-yong (1964)

Deaf Sam-yong is an award-winning 1964 South Korean film. In this film a deaf farmhand is in love with the landlord's daughter-in-law. Sweet. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Forever Man

The Forever Man is a science fiction novel by Gordon R. Dickson, who won numerous awards and who was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame the year before his death. Here's more proof that books don't have to be new to be fun to read. Older books (and by that, I mean that this book was published in the 1980s) are usually readily available pretty cheap online used or in local used book stores if you're lucky enough to live in a place that has a used book store.

from the back of the book:

An ancient starship is found adrift in space, damaged by alien Laagi warships. The voice of the pilot still survives -a mind merged with the ship itself.

Now, Earth's scientists attempt to duplicate the feat. Pilot John Wander has been chosen for the dangerous mission. His spirit transferred from his body to his own ship. Wander must make peace with the Laagi...

Or lose his ship and his mind.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

La Haine (Hate)

La Haine (Hate) is a 1995 French film (this one I found online here with English subtitles, which is a huge help for me) in black and white. The most famous quote from the film, "Hatred breeds hatred" shows how little has changed.


Here's a screenshot with a drink in it for the T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering:

Roger Ebert says,
“Hate” tells the story of three young men--an Arab, an African and a Jew--who spend an aimless day in a sterile Paris suburb, as social turmoil swirls around them and they eventually get into a confrontation with the police.

If France is the man falling off the building, they are the sidewalk.
Rotten Tomatoes has a critics consensus score of 100%.


Language joke, explaining why I need subtitles:

What do you call someone who speaks 3 languages? Trilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages? Bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language? American.

That's me.


This is a 6-minute reflection on what the film says about violence in our society:

Monday, April 12, 2021

Slow Down

Slow Down:

by Myla Smith, who is based in Memphis. Or she used to be...

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Band of Outsiders

Bande à part is a 1964 French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. You can watch it online here in French with English subtitles. 


Eye for Film says
Bande À Part has been described as ‘Godard-lite’ – it contains all of his quirky, Brechtian inventiveness, cinematic cleverness, obsession with ‘things that matter’ (such as sexual tension, intertextuality, youth and Paris) over mere details like narrative continuity. There are none of his political rants or philosophical digressions - just a rollicking good movie. In modern terms, it falls halfway between Woody Allen capers and Tarantino satire. And Tarantino famously named his Pulp Fiction production company after the film, as well using the dance sequence to inspire Travolta and Thurman.
Empire Online says it's "one of Godard's most accessible pictures. A good place to learn how much of a debt modern cinema owes him." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics consensus score of 94%.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Four of the Apocalypse (1975)

Four of the Apocalypse is a 1975 spaghetti western directed by Lucio Fulci. This may be my least favorite of the spaghetti westerns I've seen. I don't like the rape of the drugged and tied pregnant woman to start with. I didn't finish it.

It's been called "without a doubt one of Fulci's finest films". calls it a "mood film".