7 items from 2010
Michael continues his trawl through this year’s London Film Festival offerings. Here are his reviews of The Book Of Masters and The Magic Tree...
The London Film Festival isn't generally known for its championing of genre films. In fact, the festival circuit in general has started to splinter off into niches and competencies, with whole programmes becoming dedicated not only to national cinemas, but areas of the film world such as animation and children's movies.
However, even though most critical attention is looking elsewhere, there are still examples of such fanciful entertainment at the Lff. Two films of this ilk jumped out of the line-up, both from Eastern Europe, and therefore damned from conception where English-speaking audiences are concerned.
If the general populace can't be bothered with subtitles, then what about their little sprogs?
The Book Of Masters
The Book Of Masters (Книга мастеров) is the first production by »
This week’s Must Read is on the brief side, so now you have no excuse not to read it. Animation god Bill Plympton is self-distributing his latest feature Idiots & Angels and he’s keeping a diary about how that’s going. His second piece goes into the reasons of why he has to self-distribute in the first place. That Plympton — a god, I tell you, a god! — has so much trouble getting his films out there is a sad, sorry commentary on lots of things. The Melbourne Underground Film Festival has been going on this past week and The Age profiled Joseph Sims, the director of the closing night film Bad Behavior. Meanwhile, the Maroondah Leader profiled Matt Cleaves, director of the short film Radev. And an anonymous female blogger writes about seeing Road Train at Muff. Via Professor Tryon, there’s a piece on IndieWire by Anne Thompson »
- Mike Everleth
Going to start off with something a bit differently this week. Typically, I don’t share negative posts, but I found this article to be a horrendously resourced slam against the Atlanta Festival League, which puts on the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The majority of the piece is given over to a group of folks who end up sounding like a bunch of cranks with chips on their shoulders about something.
In my own experience, I find that most people who are so vociferously angry at an individual or an organization while also exhibiting an “I’ve never done anything wrong in my life” attitude are the most unreliable. Yet, this author finds that attitude to be unerringly persuasive. I guess that’s what happens when a story is tipped off initially by angry Tweets, which are slowly becoming a reliable source of information in modern journalism. »
- Mike Everleth
This week’s Must Read is an excellent profile of one of Bad Lit’s favorite fimmakers Usama Alshaibi, written by Ed M. Koziarski for the Chicago Reader. The article really captures Alshaibi’s growth as a film artist and his unique background that eventually led him to make the still-in-production documentary American Arab. Plus, a radio interview with Alshaibi for Wjjg. Second Must Read is Electric Sheep’s long, engaging interview with Peter Whitehead, who returns to film with Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts. Plus, the Sheep analyzes the new non-political U.S. war film genre. At long last, the great experimental media journal Incite! returns with its always insightful “back & forth” interview series. This time Penny Lane has tea and a very long and insightful chat with political animator Jacqueline Goss. Well, this is still relevant today and in the U.S.: Landscape Suicide »
- Mike Everleth
Self-serving link first again: My latest index-y type project on Bad Lit is the DVD Underground, a list of DVDs and DVD box sets of classic underground films. This is part of my timeline project. So, please check it out. But, more importantly, check these out: Here’s a fantastic interview you have to read: Miss Rosen chats with filmmaker, photographer, exhibitor and general all around underground troublemaker Anton Perich. Plus, the piece is illustraed with Perich’s wonderful B&W pictures of Candy Darling, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andrea Feldman, a.k.a. Andrea Whips. Can you identify the filmmaker in the photo at this groovy ’60s San Francisco Country Joe and the Fish performance? Seriously, the blogger over there wants to know. Making Light of It has some very cool stills from Philippe Grandrieux’s La Vie Nouvelle, that appears to be some sort of homage to Wavelength or something. »
- Mike Everleth
Note: If you haven't played through "Alan Wake," you should be warned that the focus of this post is on the very ending of the game. If you don't want it spoiled for you, you should stop reading now."
I finished "Alan Wake" a few weeks ago, and since then I've been scratching my head trying to think of a more memorable final line to any video game than the one that closes Remedy's thriller. Maybe it's the game's focus on story, or the gut-wrenching cliff-hanger in which the game ends, but since I finished it, that final line keeps ringing in my head, begging for explanation. "It's not a lake, it's an ocean." Powerful and mysterious at the same time, it has since led to numerous discussions with other games writers and friends.
I recently spoke with Matias Myllyrinne, Managing Director of Remedy, about the future Dlc plans for "Alan Wake, »
- Russ Frushtick
Fact: professional killers fall in love with their female targets, especially when said victims are cute, quirky, or somewhat lost in life. Chances at redemption abound. Thankfully, whilst not quite challenging these sacred cinematic truths, the offbeat “Kiss Me Kill Me” from Korean writer director Yang Jong Hyun does turn them on their head somewhat, with Kang Hye Jung (“Herb”) and Shin Hyun Jun (“Guns & Talks”) playing characters far more interesting and affecting than the usual gloomy but glamorous types. Shin stars as veteran assassin Hyun Jun, an unsociable and quite confused man who lives with his alcoholic mother and rarely talks to anyone outside of his work or thinks about anything other than carrying out his next job. Everything changes when his latest target turns out to be a suicidal young woman called Jin Young (Kang) who is determined to end her life after being dumped. Intrigued and annoyed, »
- James Mudge
7 items from 2010
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