Monthly Archives: June 2011

Norwegian Wood by Anh Hung Tran

A true festival gem. Projecting on 35mm brings the audience closer to traditional cinema formats. Fantastic lighting, cinematography, playing with focus, filming at times in counterdirection regarding the actual movement of the action.

The soundtrack contains The Beatles Norwegian Wood but also The Doors Indian Summer ballad.

The film is unbearable for those used to main stream Hollywood cinema and a true gem to film festival goers who are used to a slower pace of the Asian cinema and can appreciate its charm.

The story is touching and beautifully filmed. Six stars out of six for those connaisseurs among the audiences. A long, slow peaceful love story at times painfully truthful.

An amazing, beautiful film.

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Kaboom by Gregg Araki

Written and directed by Gregg Araki.

Listing the connotations that went through my head during the first time I watched the film (for there will be other times surely!) is potentially neck breaking. I’ll try though.

The main protagonist Smith, Film Studies student, who in a voice-over assessment of his major, admits there is probably little sense studying the cinema in the time and age where in a few years time, the cinema as we know it will probably vanish. This follows with extracts from Bunuel’s Chien Andalou.

The film sets off as Beverly Hills, 90210 (not Glee though), and brings connotations of a mix of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, the classic 2000 Dude, Where’s My Car?, as well as Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, Tom Ford’s A Single Man and The Devil’s Advocate !!!

It’s smart, it’s funny, sexy and the faces are pretty. It isn’t short of nudity and bold scenes. The music is great, fantastic lighting, excellent editing, transgressions between dream and reality, great make-up! The main actor, Thomas Dekker fantastically cast as an emotionally and sexually confused 19-year old.

All in all, brilliant.

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