Saturday, July 15, 2006

New Films by : Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Yoji Yamada, Cristi Puiu - at NWFF & Landmark


Seems like cinema is the only thing I've been writing on as of recent - probably due to there being an abundance of films like these going on - all return engagements of some of my SIFF faves from this year:

The new Hou Hsiao-Hsien is at the NWFF - just saw it last night - man is it ever slooooow, but good. More methodical than his last two "Millenium Mambo" and "Cafe Lumier" and more varied in style - reflecting each of the three 'times' depicted - 1966 - 1911 - 2005. Prepare for the clock to stop. Serious.

"Three Times" site w/ Trailer

Yoji Yamada's second film in the trilogy after "Twilight Samurai" another beautifully shot quiet examination of the struggle of the individual vs. the feudal institution - at the Landmark - Varsity 7/13 - 20:

"Hidden Blade" site w/ Trailer

Cristi Puiu's Cannes award winning film "Death of Mr. Lazarescu" brutal examination of a man's slow corporeal decline - sounds painful to watch and it is, but pretty incomparable cinema experience too. Landmark - Varsity 7/28 - 8/3

"Death of Mr. Lazarescu" site