The three films discussed at our March meeting, Snow Cake, In this World, and Persepolis, are now open for discussion here on the blogsite.
ICEHUGG SNOW CAKE (2006) Welsh-born film director, Marc Evans, who has given us HOUSE OF AMERICA (1997), and RESURRECTION MAN (1998), with Stuart Townsent, stepped back from the Thriller/Horror genre, and was lured to the wilds of Wawa, Ontario—a small northern Canadian town of 4,000 located on the shores of Lake Superior, that is lorded … Continue reading Icehugg
First of all I have to say that until I decided to write this blog and contribute it to the TFC web site I never, ever, spent anytime on the question “what is the film Veronique about?” The first time I saw this movie I absolutely loved it simply because it moved me emotionally. How … Continue reading Kieslowski – Art and Messages – Section 5. “The Double Life of Veronique” – What is it “About”? This Blogger’s Musings
Fellow Cinemaphiles: It is already time for our TFC second screening for March, this Friday, 03/11/2008. Per usual for us now, the film will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, at 206 North “J” street in Tacoma. SNOWCAKE (2006) Directed by Marc Evans @ 112 minutes.The film stars Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne … Continue reading SNOW CAKE @ CSL
Fellow Members: Now that we are settling into the wonderful comfort of being able to utilize the Center For Spiritual Living for our screenings, the first two Fridays of each month, the events (and they are events) are beginning to lack structure. This is not a real problem, but perhaps we can tighten up some … Continue reading The Tacoma Film Club CSL Screenings
Kieslowski considered making 17 versions of The Double Life of Veronique, one for each of the 17 theatres in which it was showing on opening night in Paris.(1) Seeing these versions would be like hearing a bedtime story never told in the same way.(2) However if this metaphor is correct the differences would not be … Continue reading Kieslowski – Art and Messages – Section 4. “The Double Life of Veronique” What is it “About”? – Reviewer’s and Blogger’s Ideas
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new monster success film There Will Be Blood (“Blood”) has dynamic heft. Stylistically it really packs a wallop. The performances, production elements and creative juices, without doubt, seem to blend artistically to have pulled off a remarkably impressive work. One very considerable weight resides in the character of Daniel Plainview, the success-driven … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) “And There Will Be Money” By David R. Gilmour
[This essay discusses several films of recent date (No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Juno, and Gone, Baby, Gone) and discloses details that might spoil a viewer’s enjoyment of the story.] After Lars Von Trier surprised the world with his bizarre film Dogville (2001), many anti-Von Trier critics thought the … Continue reading More Medium Than Message “Can the term moral be applied to film fictions?” By David Gilmour
Summarizing the plot of any movie is hard to do without relying on one’s interpretation of what that movie is about. One has to select just certain items from the movie as important elements of the plot but one’s view of importance is influenced by one’s beliefs regarding the director’s intent. In the case of … Continue reading Kieslowski – Art and Messages – Section 3. Plot Summary of The Double Life of Veronique
I believe that to understand Kieslowski one must remember that his skills and technique were developed in an era of censorship in Poland. He talks about this himself in the supplemental material for the Criterion Collection edition of The Double Life of Veronique. He reminds us that he and his contemporary directors in Poland had … Continue reading Kieslowski – Art and Messages – Section 2. Kieslowski’s Techniques and Collaborations
Krzysztof Kieslowski was born in Warsaw in 1941. His father suffered from tuberculosis and the family moved literally dozens of time in search of treatment when Krzysztof was young. He attended the Lodz film school in Poland from 1964 to 1968. During these years the government of Poland supported film making financially and allowed greater … Continue reading Kieslowski – Art and Messages – Section 1. A Brief Biographical Sketch Of Krzysztof Kieslowski
Well, of all the films we have selected of recent vintage—I simply loved Persepolis, but I am a sucker for coming of age movies. I found this film particularly captivating. I was wondering, the use of the color scenes—most critics say it simply shows “present time”. I am wondering does it go beyond that? Probably … Continue reading The Journey to Persepolis!
The Tacoma Film Club’s first screening for March is coming up at the Center for Spiritual Living, 206 North J Street, this Friday, 3/07/08. IN THIS WORLD (2002) Directed by Michael Winterbottom @ 88 minutes.The film stars Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, and Abdul Ahmad.Tagline: “the journey to freedom has no borders.” Two young Afghan refugees living … Continue reading IN THIS WORLD @ CSL