Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby arsaib4 » Mon May 21, 2007 10:46 pm

Now I'm not sure if Trevor got the opportunity to watch Away from Her. I was hoping that he'd do a full review of the film. It appears that A has also been pretty busy lately.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby hengcs » Tue May 22, 2007 12:15 am

And I will be out of town after this week ...
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby arsaib4 » Sun May 27, 2007 5:43 am

For now, this wonderful review of Away from Her should do. It's from A.O. Scott, the literary-minded critic of The New York Times who's actually familiar with Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," the short story Sarah Polley has based her film on.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:15 pm

First, it's good to be back.

Second, unfortunately I still haven't seen Away from Her, and missed quite a few others, but I will catch it on dvd.

Thirdly,

Humidity is rising - Barometer's getting low
According to all sources, the street's the place to go
Cause tonight for the first time
Just about half-past ten
For the first time in history
It's gonna start raining men.

It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
I'm gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It's Raining Men! Every Specimen!
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean

Yes it's that time of year, the Chapter has been screening the touring films from the 21st Lesbian & Gay film festival, I must admit I've felt out of place at the couple I've seen so far but hey! I can live with it. At least all the gay couples know I'm too ugly to be on their team.

I've listed the films for the Chapter for June, July and August below and would love to hear your opinions, some have already been reviewed and are definites but quite a few haven't as yet.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:20 pm

June at the Chapter

Instead of listing most of the films, Ive only detailed the ones Ive seen and those Im thinking about, any opinions on the latter would be appreciated. There are notes on Black Gold on site and this is a definite.

* = Touring films from the 21st Lesbian & Gay film festival.

Have seen:

Night of the Sunflowers (La Noche de los Girasoles) (2006) Dir Jorge Snchez-Cabezudo
Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006) Dir Aki Kaurismki - My comment
4.30 (2005) Dir Royston Tan * - 4.30 thread
Sonja (2006) Dir Kirsi Liimatainen *
My Best Friend (Mon Meilleur Ami) (2006) Dir Patrice Leconte
Crimen Ferpecto (2004) Dir lex de la Iglesia

Would like opinions on:

Black Gold (2006) Dir Marc Francis Tickets booked

Red Doors (2005) Dir Georgia Lee * Tickets booked - My brief comments.

Dans Paris (2006) Dir Christophe Honor - Cancelled till late August.
Fast Food Nation (2006) Dir Richard Linklater

The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) (1924) Dir F.W. Murnau

Eternal Summer (Sheng xia guang nian) (2006) Dir Leste Chen * Tickets booked. - Cacelled due to storm damage.

From those I have seen, 4.30 has been the standout film of the month.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:24 pm

July at the Chapter sees the touring films from the London Australian Film Festival plus all three of Deepa Mehtas elemental trilogy two of which I've seen on well worn videos so I may catch them, overall it should be an interesting month.

Any opinions as to what should be seen and what to avoid?

The Caterpillar Wish (2006) - Sandra Sciberras - My thoughts.

Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) (2005) - Vardit Bilu, Dalia Hager - Review to be done.

The Balanda and the Bark Canoes (2006) - Rolf de Heer, Tania Nehme - My thoughts.

Water (2005) Deepa Mehta - My thoughts.

Fire ( 1996) Deepa Mehta - Comments to do.

Taking Liberties (2007) - Chris Atkins - My thoughts.

Not Here to Be Loved (Je ne suis pas l pour tre aim) (2005) - Stphane Briz My thoughts

Earth (1998) Deepa Mehta

La Vie en Rose (2007) - Olivier Dahan

Five Moments of Infidelity (2006) - Kate Gorman

Tell no one (Ne le dis personne) (2006) - Guillaume Canet - Already seen, my comments.

Stranded (2005) - Stuart McDonald

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:28 pm

August at the Chapter.

After omitting any films Ive already seen or have no interest in, these are the remaining choices, there are a few of Werner Herzogs docs screening but Ive seen most of them in the last few months, I left The Wild Blue Yonder in though as I did note in my original comment that it may be far more impressive on the big screen.

Once again, any and all opinions are appreciated.

Moliere (2007) - Laurent Tirard

Klimt (2006) - Raoul Ruiz

Welcome 2 My Deaf World (2005) - Helen Gaynor

Longing (Sehnsucht) (2006) - Valeska Grisebach

The War on Democracy (2007) - Christopher Martin, John Pilger

Ten Canoes (2006) - Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr

Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2006) - Alain Resnais

Paris Je TAime (2006) Assorted directors

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) - Werner Herzog

Wheel of Time (2003) - Werner Herzog

Les Petites Vacances (2006) - Olivier Peyon

The Golden Door (Nuovomondo) (2006) - Emanuele Crialese

Flanders (Flandres) (2006) - Bruno Dumont

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby A » Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:13 am

Some interesting sounding films, but I haven't seen almost any of them.
I'd recommend you watch Valeska Grisebach's "Longing". I didn't particularly like it, but it seems it's just me. The film is a unique form of naturalist melodrama, mixing styles which are usually deemed incompatible. It's definitely a film that shows the way how cinema might look in ten years, possibly one of the most innovative of this decade. I'm pretty sure you'll like it very much.

You also might enjoy Resnais' Coeurs. I saw it a couple of days ago and it was the first of his films I disliked, and didn't enjoy over the whole running-time. I thought it wasn't artificial enough and fairly conventional. But most people are quite enthusiastic about it.

Emanule Crialese's new film might be interesting. I have seen her previous Respiro (2002) which had some very impressive moments. Probably an interesting Italian director to look out for.

And Murnau's Der letzte Mann (1924) is one you shouldn't miss on the big screen, if it is a restored copy.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:56 pm

Thank's for the advice A, have you written any comments for the ones you've seen? Guess I should take a good look through the index as well as asking here.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

Postby trevor826 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:00 pm

Crimen ferpecto has an interesting premise (fate alligns a hotshot salesman with an unattractive co-worker) but the film doesn't exploit it to the fullest.

It's unfortunate that this was the only film from the Latin season that I caught, at its best as a gory black comedy but tries too hard at social commentary and lasts too long, very entertaining but unsure in direction.

Cheers Trev.
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