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"He who does not at some time, with definite determination consent to the terribleness of life, or even exalt in it, never takes possession of the inexpressible fullness of the power of our existence."
all faces followers of
All colors, beams of
-- Akhenaton, "Hymn to the Sun"
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WHO I WORK FOR: Mount Hope Wholesale
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WHAT I'VE SEEN LATELY:
(r) = re-viewing
God Told Me To (1976, Cohen)
Whispering City (1947, Otsep)
Times and Winds (2006, Erdem)
Dirty Money (Un flic) (1972, Melville)
10th District Court (2004, Depardon)
RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2007, O'Sullivan)
The Furies (1950, Mann)
In a Lonely Place (1950, Ray)(r)
The Adjuster (1991, Egoyan)(r)
Mad Men The Buddha of Suburbia Intelligence (2006, Haddock) Family Guy
SUGGESTED VIEWING: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004, Curtis) [available for streaming/download here]
Non-profit pharmacy opens in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood
Not so much about prices -- as the article says, pharmacies don't make money off prescriptions -- but rather providing access to a pharmacy in a place without one, for the poorest residents of the city.
The March of the Penguins* Dancehall Queen* Where the Sidewalk Ends A Summer at Grandpa's* Platform (Zhantai)* Newsfront (r)* The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder fur sich und Gott gegen alle) (r)** The Bad Sleep Well** The Constant Gardener Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (r)** Kontroll Cure (Kyua) (r)* Nowhere Man - disc 1 (series) The Marriage Circle* Vital** Lessons of Darkness Landscape in the Mist* The Milky Way (La voie lacteau) Common Ground (Lugares Comunes)* Thumbsucker* The Clash: Westway to the World* Stranger Than Paradise (r)** Somewhere in the Night The Prefab People Saving Face (2004, Wu) Dust in the Wind* Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans** The First World War (Channel 4 Series)** La bete humaine** The World (2004, Jia)* Broken Flowers Tim Burton's Corpse Bride The Waiting Time* Seven Men From Now The White Diamond In Order Not To Be Here Where the Truth Lies Cafe Lumiere** The Night Stalker (pilot) (r) The Night Strangler (r) Fela: Music Is the Weapon* The Memory of a Killer (De Zaak Alzheimer) The Sandbaggers* Valley of the Bees (Udoli vcel) Il Posto Devils on the Doorstep* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The Squid and the Whale** Grizzly Man** Everything Is Illuminated Marebito Huff (season 1)* Edvard Munch** The Wind Will Carry Us* Capote* Stay (2005, Forster) A Time to Live, A Time to Die (1985, Hou)** Safe (1995, Haynes) (r)** The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (r)** The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (r)** The House on Telegraph Hill The Nomi Song* Shaun of the Dead* Alice in Wonderland (1966, Miller)* Dersu Uzala* A History of Violence* Elevator to the Gallows The Intruder (L'intrus) Whisky* Hoodwinked The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari) Tony Takitani El Bruto (1953, Bunuel)* The Tunnel (2001, Richter) My Mother's Smile (L'Ora di religione)** The Da Vinci Code Comic Book Confidential** Embalming Gemini (Soseiji) Prime Cut High Fidelity (r)** William Gibson: No Maps for These Territories (r)** Kinamand* Black Hawk Down* The Snow Walker Decision Before Dawn Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)** Time Code (r)* Death in Gaza* Chasing Sleep Night Stalker series (2005) I Wake Up Screaming* Friends and Crocodiles Constantine* Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Late Spring** Slacker (r)** House of Strangers* Stroszek (r) Born to Kill** Syriana* Triple Agent* Morituri* Tokyo Fist* Wire: On The Box 1979 (r)* Out of the Blue - The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon* A (Mori, 1998) Transamerica** Why We Fight (Jarecki, 2005)* Ce jour-la (That Day)* Henry IV (Bellocchio, 1984) Edge of Outside* The Matador (Sheperd, 2005) Burst City** Bad News Bears (Linklater, 2005) Cache (Haneke, 2005) The Quack (Hoffman, 1985) Weeds (series)** The Lower Depths (Donzoko)** Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story* Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room* Clean (Assayas, 2004)* Railroaded! (Mann, 1947) (r) Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night)* The Passenger (Antonioni, 1975) (r)** Track of the Cat** Electric Dragon 80,000V** Tape* A Canterbury Tale Keane Secret Agent series Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)* Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi)* Inside Man (Lee, 2006) The Lost City (Garcia, 2005) Brick** Open Water The Nazis: A Warning from History The Hanging Garden* Day of Reckoning (Brabin, 1933) Don't Come Knocking Land of the Blind (Edwards, 2006) A Scanner Darkly** Fargo (r)** Black Books (season one) Zizek! The Ice Harvest* Black Christmas Rome (series)** Kicking and Screaming (r)* Day of the Wacko* Eternity and a Day* Lost (Lemke, 2004) Ride the High Country (r)** Mountain Patrol: Kekexili* The Crooked Way Unknown White Male* Lemming Miller's Crossing (r)** La Buche* The Great New Wonderful The Death of Mr Lazarescu* Gilda (Vidor, 1946)** The Proposition (Hillcoat, 2005)* La Guerre Est Finie* Prestige (Garnett, 1932) Late August, Early September** Hard Candy* Red Lights (Feux Rouges) eXistenZ (r)* The Notorious Bettie Page Seventh Heaven (Jacquot, 1997)* Wonderfalls (series)* Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell Tickets* Quadrophenia (r)* In Her Shoes L'Appartement (Mimouni, 1996)* Le Samourai* The Norliss Tapes Les Patriotes (Rochant, 1994) Expo: Magic of the White City* Gaslight (Dickinson, 1940) (r)* The Fall of Fujimori In & Out (Oz, 1997) (r)* Mongolian Ping Pong* Velvet Goldmine (r)* The Seventh Victim (r)* The Power of Kangwon Province* Twelve and Holding** The Woman with Red Boots Bukowski: Born Into This* Hamish Macbeth (season one)* Lonesome Jim Roadblock (Daniels, 1951)(r) Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film** The Killers (Siodmak, 1946)* The Nanny (Bellocchio, 1999)* Oh! What a Lovely War Archangel (Jones, 2005) Hands Over the City* The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner La Soufriere Carnivale - Season 2 Stolen (Dreyfuss, 2005) The Young Poisoner's Handbook* Clash by Night* The Conversation (Coppola, 1974)(r)** Wah-Wah Land of Plenty* John Cale: An Exploration of His Life and Music Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man* Forty Guns Look Both Ways* The Da Vinci Code (r)* Goodbye, Dragon Inn (r)* Burn to Shine 2 - Chicago, IL - 09.13.2004* Le Fils (The Son)* I Am a Sex Addict* Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed House,MD - season 1** L.I.E.** Still Crazy The VIrgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors* Little Miss Sunshine Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)(Desmond-Hurst, 1951)(r)** The Illustrated Man Hamish Macbeth - season 2* Where the Green Ants Dream Burn to Shine 3 - Portland, OR - 06.15.05* Cisco Pike (r) Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America* RocketKitKongoKit Three Times**
My friend Jeph Jerman will be touring the Northwest beginning this weekend; if your tastes are similar to mine, or you are in the mood for some challenging and mind-expanding music, do check him and his cohorts out
jan 27th -- animist orchestra good shepard center chapel seattle
jan 28th -- floating leaves tea room seattle
jan 29th -- AVA gallery astoria oregon (with paul hoskin and doug theriault)
jan 31st -- new american art museum portland oregon (with doug theriault)
Download of his performance with Greg Davis in New Zealand last July.
I’ve been told by [Indian director Ritwik] Ghatak’s son Ritaban that none of his father’s films employ direct sound and that all of them, by technical necessity, are post-dubbed. But this latter fact only emphasises the degree to which Ghatak’s soundtracks are composed, and what I find most striking about his highly unorthodox methods of sound composition are the ways that they essentially ‘rethink’ the dramaturgy of the visuals, and affect the ways that we look at these visuals by drawing our attention towards certain details and away from certain others.
This principle is facilitated by the way that Ghatak seems to compose both his visual mise en sc⇅ and his aural mise en sc⇅ in discrete layers. He frequently employs deep focus cinematography, permitting a certain counterpoint between background and foreground details that on occasion reminds me of the early films of Orson Welles. [Jonathan Rosenbaum]
"The old film culture was based on hierarchical assumptions about taste and quality that have all but vanished, replaced by niches and networks of fans. You like your Romanian hospital movie, I like my Asian horror, and we have our Web sites and DVD rental queues to keep us happy; everything’s cool. And maybe, in these circumstances, no movie is really foreign. Or maybe every movie is."
A O Scott on the parallel but rarely overlapping worlds of american theatregoers and the world's cinephiles [link] [NYT registration pass in left column]
Of course part of the reason American cinephiles don't go to theatres much is that DVDs and the big new TVs look so damn good. But movies which "demand close attention and serious reflection rather than passive absorption" have never been in high demand in the US, or anywhere else.
A pretty good week for TCM, at least for my taste: Anthony Mann's period noir The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror)(Monday 2:30AM); Richard Wallace's Framed, with Glenn Ford & Barry Sullivan (Tuesday 8:30AM); an odd-sounding little comedy with Joan Blondell & George Brent called The Corpse Came C.O.D. (Tuesday 10:AM); an early Jean Arthur vehicle Party Wire, part of a month-long tribute (Tuesday 9:15PM); but the 2 essentials are Fritz Lang's Human Desire, a re-tooling of Renoir's La bete humaine with Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame & Broderick Crawford (Monday 2:00PM) and Billy Wilder's corrosive satire of media vampirism Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival) (Wednesday Thursday 12:30AM)
None of the above except The Black Book are on disc or tape as far as I know.
All times are AZ time, which corresponds to MST right now (we don't observe DST here except on the Navaho rez).
ADDENDUM: whoops Ace in the Hole is on tonight, not last night.