An interesting Japanese series, called “Wakako Zake”, about a young woman who goes out in Tokyo after work and drinks and eats alone in a restaurant. After each episode which involves mostly eating and details about the food the actual location is shared. Sort of weird, but at times quite touching and very sophisticated in […]
An exceptional movie. Taiwanese director Edward Yang ( 1947 – 2007 ) shot it in 2000 and it was his final work. It is virtually impossible to describe the subtlety, humour, dignity, humanity that permeates this work of art. Below you’ll find a ( not so good ) trailer, but for real movie buffs: there […]
One of Japan’s most iconic movie directors, he lived from 1903 – 1963 and produced over 50 films. I have just watched 12 works and this was one of the most sophisticated movie experiences ever. Here is an excellent introduction into his very special art. Highly recommended.
The eminent Jewish documentary filmer Elisabeth T. Spira has produced more than 60 episodes of Austrian life in the series Alltagsgeschichten between 1985 and 2006 for the ORF. Here is an example about life in a Jewish Viennese old people’s home. Very moving are the last 2 interviews. From 38.04 min on. A Mengele survivor […]
An excellent short introduction into the art of Andrei Tarkovsky.
From one of the greatest movie directors of all times here a few impressions from “Nostalghia” by Andrei Tarkovsky.
In pure cinematographic terms one “Days of Heaven” ( 1978 ) by Terence Malik, is one of the most aesthetically beautiful films I have ever seen. The full movie can be found on socksharenet, but the best version available is – as always – from Criterion.( Be aware you need a Blue Ray Region A […]
One of the most interesting discoveries in this year has been the work of Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, particularly his groundbreaking ‘New Wave’ film ” Woman in the Dunes”( 1964 ). A fascinating film, works on many levels, a contender for the top 10 for sure !
Not for the faint hearted, Roy Andersson is one of my favorite film directors. A far cry from wanting merely ” to entertain” his films are relentlessly grim, but also have a sense of comical element, that reminds me of the Kaurismakki brothers. Very dark, very Scandinavian ! Here an unknown work:” World of Glory”. […]
Ion Fiscuteanu is the main actor in “The Death of Mr Lazarescu”, a stunning film by Romanian director Cristi Puiu. It shows the last hours of an elderly man in Bucharest going through the hospital machinery. And it was the only role Fiscuteanu ever got international acclaim for, whilst suffering from cancer himself during the […]