27 December 2008

My Winnipeg (2007)

This movie feels like sleepwalking (which is a good thing).
It understands what "home" means.

26 December 2008

The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

Peter Greenaway's films have the most intricately composed shots, they are so great to watch. This movie was such a good time, with the sharp period dialogue and delightful scheming from the womenfolk. I want to write a paper on the costumes.

23 December 2008

Suspiria (1977)

So I haven't watched many horror movies in my life, but this does make me want to watch more. My favourite character was definitely THE SCHOOL. Look at the caps! It's so colourful and creepy, with long hallways and enigmatic rooms. I loved it. The other best part of the film was the music! That's where a lot of the suspense came from, and it was used in unexpected ways at times. There wasn't a lot of gore in the film, but what was there was also pretty interesting and creative, ha. Good stuff.

19 December 2008

The Host (2006)

Scary monster + dysfunctional family x Korea = SO DELIGHTFUL.
This movie kind of does EVERYTHING and it's all jumbled together in one and I love it.

The Conformist (1970)

Lots of images of huge buildings dwarfing human figures, which ties into the whole fascism thing. It was very nice to look at overall, and I wish I knew more of the historical context.

15 December 2008

Persona (1966)

I'm intimidated by this film.

14 December 2008

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

It was very difficult to get a clear screencap of Sherlock Jr., which makes sense as it's a movie so full of motion. It doesn't rely on like...perfectly composed shots (though there are quite a few!) for its charm, it all comes from Buster Keaton being REALLY AWESOME. It's so funny and clever and charming and is a movie that is so much about the love of movies, with him dreaming and actually jumping into the movie screen and kind of living out his dream of being a great detective. And then taking cues from the moviescreen once he wakes up and is with his girl! It's delightful.

Martin (1977)

It's very interesting that the first thing I thought to write here was "poor Martin." And that's what's ridiculously effective about this movie--you're on Martin's side, despite the fact that the first scene involves, you know, killing a girl and drinking her blood. But his depiction as a "real life" vampire is contrasted with his crazy religious old man cousin muttering about Nosferatu and threatening to kill him without salvation so it's clear who the protagonist is meant to be. Even if he kills people. SO GOOD.
Also, the setting of the town, which is a real town in Pennsylvania, is so gorgeously grimy and rundown. I wish I took more screencaps of it while I was watching. Everything is old--and so is everyone--and there's so much talk of the old ways and old fears, it fits perfectly.

13 December 2008

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

I so badly want someone at Knox to design a set based on this film.
I also read that the sets were made of paper. So cool.

La Jetée (1962)

I watched La Jetée recently.
Beautiful and creepy--a very good combination. I was reading something about it, I don't remember where, that attributed the fact that it was in still images to the idea that we don't really remember things in moving "video" form--we remember still frames, like this film.
(Also, KAT YOU NEED TO SEE THIS. I still have it on my computer. So you will be able to.)

I don't know what I'm doing

Well I guess I have a small idea.
I started a tumblr account and decided I wanted to post screencaps of the movies I watched, but you can only put one picture in each post and there are no comments, so...here I am.