Thursday, July 28, 2005

Wong Kar-Wai's "2046" - finally at Landmark Theatres!

Wong Kar-Wai's "2046" Trailer

After it's brief screening in the Seattle Intl. Film Festival Wong Kar-Wai's
sequel to "In the Mood for Love" FINALLY opens to wider theaters in the US.
Almost a year after its Hong Kong premiere.

Sony Pictures Classics "2046" Site

Landmark Theatres "2046" Site

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Tsai Ming-Liang's new (insane) film "Wayward Cloud"


Holy Sh*t! A un-porno-musical about watermelons and drought in Taiwan?? By a director known for his exceptionally artful and contemplative pacing and cinematography? ... And a film that has one of the most f*cked up, unexpected conclusions I have ever seen.

The new Tsai Ming-Liang film "Wayward Clouds" is one of those original and incomparable films that one is reserved to recommed, in part because of the suject matter, but moreso how the subject is treated. "Wayward..." is the third film in a trilogy of sorts with "What Time is it There?" & the short film "The Skywalk is Gone" (included on the DVD of his previous film "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" - one of my faves from last year) Don't get me wrong, I think the film is amazing, just real messed up.


Saturday, July 16, 2005

Mountains - NYC - "Make it Now" Sculpture/Sound series


If I was in NYC I would totally be checkin this out!:

Make It Now: New Sculpture In New York
Hosted by New York Brooklyn Galapagos Art Space

7/22 w/ Sound Performances by -
Mountanis (field recordings,electronics,electric/acoustic guitar)
Aki Onda Alan Licht (magnetic tapes,field recordings,electronics,electric guitar)


That Mountains album that was released on the Brooklyn Apestaartje label is one of the finest things I have heard in at least the past year, maybe years. Really. Its that good. One of those recordings that grows with time rather than diminishes.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Hou Hsiao-Hsien/ Hiroshi Teshigahara + Art overload


Some good films and musics things. The most recent Hou Hsiao-Hsien "Cafe Lumiere" is pretty nice - its actually a homage to Yasujiro Ozu and is loosely modeled after his "Tokyo Story" and stars Tadanobu Asano. I saw it last night and was surprised how 'pop' is was compared to his other films - but still quite good. Speaking of Hou, I have a copy of the soundtrack to his film "Flowers of Shanghai" which to my surprise is done by crazy-prolific japanese electronic mastermind Yoshihiro Hanno as well as the new Progressive Form comp "Mixform" which is supergreat minimal japanese electronics in a fluidly constructed mix by Haruomi Hosono . More films : I'm really looking forward to the new Michael Haneke film (Piano Teacher/Hour of the Wolf) - titled "Cache" - it got amazing reviews at Cannes as well as the new Tsai Ming-Liang (Goodbye, Dragon Inn/What Time is it There) who's new film "Wayward Cloud" also looks supegreat - the review in Sight & Sound Magazine called it a 'porno-musical about drought and watermelons' (!!) and the new film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul titled "Tropical Malady" - it was nominated for the Jurry Prize at Cannes and is playing here at the Northwest Film Forum next month. -And- the Hiroshi Teshigahara film adaptations of Kobo Abe's novels "Woman in the Dunes", "Face of Another", "Pitfall", "Man Without a Map" / "Ruined Map" have all been released with superior transfers by Eureka! films UK on DVD. Oy, I'm kinda almost overloaded. I need an external secondary brain please.