Posts Tagged “Film”

District 9: Halo 2 in Joburg

by David on September 24, 2009

District 9, produced by Peter Jackson and directed by South African Neil Blomkamp, grew out of a short SciFi film from 2005, Alive in Joburg. The action takes place in the near future, several years after an enormous spacecraft has (…)

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Låt den rätte komma in / Let the right one in

by David on April 19, 2009

Saw the Tomas Alfredson film Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in) last night, in a cinema audience of just six people. Eli’s Theme, from Låt den rätte komma in Oskar, bullied at school, meets a newcomer (…)

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Battle Royale

by David on August 21, 2007

The best proposed solution to the problem of young,feral scrotes I’ve seen is this:

As twisted as it sounds, killing off 41 teens takes a great deal of creativity and an innate sense of pacing in order to avoid, well, cinematic boredom.

Eternal Sunshine

by David on April 9, 2007

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is on the TV here tonight. I’ve seen it just the once and I’ve been meaning to see it again. The proper temporal order is maddeningly difficult to work out in retrospect and I suppose there is no great benefit in trying, as if some revelation came with the completion of a crossword puzzle – but the film was impressive and Kaufman’s a fine artist (and, I’d say, the obvious auteur here).

I read the Pope poem, Eloisa to Abelard after I’d seen the film. The first stanza fits nicely with the theme:

In these deep solitudes and awful cells,
Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells,
And ever-musing melancholy reigns;
What means this tumult in a vestal's veins?
Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat?
Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat?
Yet, yet I love!--From Abelard it came,
And Eloisa yet must kiss the name

and later,

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Herzog’s Grizzly Man

by David on April 2, 2006

Saw Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man this evening. At several points Herzog directly voices his opinion that Nature is fundamentally chaotic and brutal, and contrasts this with Treadwell’s romantic, anthropomorphic and sentimental take on the huge Grizzly bears of Alaska.