This Week Blaise and James take a trip to Iceland when reviewing Aaron Katz and Martha Stephen’s “Land Ho!”. We also take a look at the trailer for “The One I Love” and get into some Comicon News. James gets a chance to talk to Nicole Wright and Armando Saldanamora about the web series Progress. We continue our Dardenne Brothers Cinema series with “The Son”.
For this week of Thursdays Abroad, I’m going to talk about an adaptation to a book you probably read in middle school. Dennis Gansel bases his German film Die Welle on the book “The Wave,” by Todd Strasser. You may remember it from sixth grade. It teaches you about how blind following is bad. Really bad. Actually, it’s downright fucked up.
Amongst the recent hype over documentaries, I can’t help but hail to 2012’s The Act of Killing. From Denmark / Norway / Britain, and filmed in Indonesia (how much more complicated can this get? Very…) the film is a product of co-directors Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, (as well as an anonymous Indonesian) it is not one to be missed. It’s pretty, creepy, and terrifying. While the documentary missed the doc craze that Blackfish encounteredwhen it was released seven months later, it nonetheless garnered attention.
Instead of telling you how beautiful you are I’m going to just let the clip speak for itself. Truth begins with you. If you’re going to be the greatest filmmaker that ever lived the next Ford, Kurosawa or Welles. You’re going to have to not only believe it, but be ready to step outside your element when it comes to watching films. Watch things you would never watch naturally. If it wasn’t for Netflix I would have never known this beautiful film (Angel-A) existed. When it comes to films that made a huge impact on me its usually films that I stumbled on (or maybe they found me).
This Week Blaise and James are joined by Jourdan Villalon to get “Under The Skin”. We also take a look at the trailer for “Obvious Child” and discuss the release of In Your Eyes. James gets a chance to talk to Victoria Negri about her feature film Gold Star. Continue reading →
This Week Blaise and James check out “Big Bad Wolves”. James’ get’s a chance to talk to Katie Shannon about her new webseries K&A. We also take a look at the trailer for Zero Theorem and discuss Fallen Angels as part of our Wong Kar Wai Cinema series.
This Week Blaise and James review Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake”. James gets a chance to talk to Josephine Decker about her upcoming films “Butter on the Latch” and “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”. We also take a look at the trailers for Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow.