4 items from 2014
“I made Mama think I was depressed – or maybe I was depressed. I don’t know. I felt like I was pretending to be depressed to avoid having the talk. But maybe I was really depressed and just thought I was pretending.”
After reading the film’s synopsis— “17-year-old Jackie is in distress as her older brother Matthew gets his first girlfriend and prepares for college. Though Matthew does not share her incestuous desire, Jackie resists the intrusion of reality on her idyllic childhood world.”—The Unspeakable Act sounds like your typical, American indie filled with moments of pseudo-psychology, overly clever dialogue, and exaggerated self-importance. But it is one of the most assured and insightful films of 2013 – and one of the least-seen. Despite a glowing review from Film Comment’s Jonathan Robbins and a spot on Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s ‘best of’ list, the film has yet to gain the type of recognition it deserves. »
- Griffin Bell
★★★★☆ In Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, the dutiful limo driver of billionaire asset manager Eric Packer coldly describes how the traffic "speaks in quarter inches". The same could be said of the stars of French-Taiwanese collaboration Journey to the West (Xi You, 2014), the experimental new film from Stray Dogs director Tsai Ming-liang, featuring Denis Lavant and Lee Kang-sheng as a Buddhist monk. A pristinely shot, provocative meditation on humankind's rapidly quickening tempo of life, its central conceit was perfectly illustrated by the walkouts of those viewers too impatient to 'waste' 56 minutes of their time at its Berlin premiere.
- CineVue UK
Feature Ryan Lambie 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
It really doesn't seem that long since David Cronenberg completed his Don DeLillo adaptation Cosmopolis, and subsequently found himself without a project to direct. He had plenty of projects in mind - Eastern Promises 2, a sequel to The Fly, and a satire named Maps To The Stars - yet bizarrely, he simply couldn't get the financial backing to make any of them.
Happily, Cronenberg's fortunes have changed since, and in November 2012, he finally got the financing he needed for that latter project. Written by Bruce Wagner (of Wild Palms fame) it's described as a drama, thriller and satire. And from production company eOne's brief summary alone, it sounds brilliant:
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we »
The following is a powerful excerpt from the influential postmodern scribe and great mind, Don DeLillo, vividly illustrating man's paramount prerogative of lacanian fantasy and psycho-hygiene concealed in the inherent virtue of homo sapiens in the novel White Noise. "How much pleasure did you take as a kid, Lasher said, in imagining yourself dead? Never mind as a kid, Grappa said. I still do it all the time. Whenever I´m upset over something, I imagine all my friends, relatives and colleagues gathered at my bier. They are very, very sorry they weren't nicer to me while I lived. Self-pity is something I've worked very hard to maintain. Why abandon it just because you grow up? Self-pity is something that children are very good at, which...
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4 items from 2014
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