Everyone is talking about the new Cineteca which opened its doors in November, just before the change of government. The revamped Cineteca was constructed where the original one was, which no doubt will be missed.
Vincent Moon is the main director of La Blogothèque, a French collective blog. He is famous for his “Concerts à emporter” (‘Take-away concerts’) when he filmed Arcade Fire, R.E.M., and a lot of more DIY bands and he proves now with a series of breathtaking documentaries that he sure is always on the move.
RZA is a man who has never denied that his influences were a big thing. If you’ve listened to a Wu Tang Clan record, you’ll understand what makes the team and the RZA himself click. That’s why it makes perfect sense to see RZA’s first Hollywood foray as a tribute to his favorite kung-fu films.
In the credits for both films one can read the name Emilio Azcárraga, owner of Televisa and the number one public enemy to lots of youth, especially those belonging to the Yo Soy 132 movement. Anyway, both Hecho en México (Duncan Bridgeman, 2012) and Después de Lucía (Michel Franco, 2012) portray the Mexican youth in a very serious way.
Imagination 2012/13 is a film marathon in which professionals and aficionados (minimum age is 12) with a camera (includes mobile phones) and creativity, can participate and submit a 60 second film. The minimun age to participate is 12 years old and everyone will be evaluated - from a housewife to a professional film director. Read More
El Sueño de Ivan, a Colombian/Spanish/Mexican production directed by Spanish Roberto Santiago (The Suicide Club, The World’s Largest Penalty) is based on his novel “Ivan en los mundiales”, which has sold around 40,000 copies. Children from South Korea, France, Brazil, Spain and Mexico share casting with Demian Bichir (“Fidel Castro in Che” and Oscar nominee for “A Better Life”) and Ana Claudia Talancon (“The Crime of Father Amaro”). Read More
Talking about how terrible the last Batman film was, is kind of unnecessary by this point. The last half decent thing I saw at the cinema (apart from Moonrise Kingdom) was actually Prometheus. Read More
I recently saw Network, the 1976 film about a TV stations war for ratings directed by Sidney Lumet. Read More
Scheduling is a bitch. Meaning that I missed a large chunk of what I wanted to see at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Things I’m currently regretting missing include the Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and Takeshi Miike’s latest samurai missive, one especially galling as it was shot in 3D. If you know how gratuitous Miike can get then you know how worth the effort that likely would’ve been.
Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is a surrealist travel into a director’s mind and his concerns about the decline of cinema. Read More