Michael Kerpan wrote:
"Gaichu" anfd "Don't Look Back" are massively better than either -- especially "Gaichu", which I consider one of the best films of the past decade.
I'd agree that Gaichu
is Shiota's best work so far -- though I'm hoping Kanaria
, a post-AUM thing, will top it. Don't Look Back
is, iirc, the movie Shiota made with his film school students, and, at least to me, the film evidences the technical inexperience of its makers. On the other hand, the movie Kurosawa made with his students, Barren Illusion
, while obviously not up to the level of Cure
or..., is for me an interesting and technically and artistically proficient experiment.
We saw the trailer for "2046" today (before Grizzly Man-- it didn't look nearly as promising.
Depends on how you feel about the latest Wong. If you loved the texture of In the Mood for Love
, you'll probably find something in 2046
to like. If you're getting tired of Wong's impossible love + memory "philosophizing", it might not work. I hated 2046
the first time -- Tony Leung ruins everything for me the first time -- but quite enjoyed it the third... when I turned the critical faculty off and luxuriated in color, costume, wallpaper, and composition.
And, finally, with all due respect to you guys, it's hard for me to see what the ^$%#& y'all see in Tony Takitani
. The mix (VO in the background, music a bit forward) was interesting to me for about 5 minutes. But the incessant (film school pretentious, imo) lateral dollies and the paint-by-numbers "literary" Murakami storytelling made me thankful that the film's running time was so short!
Back to Kurosawa. I saw his new Shi no otome
("Maiden of Death" - though the print I saw had a title card in English which called the movie "Loft"). Incredibly disappointing on both genre and art fronts. Very little visual tension, a cheesy story about a mummy who was excavated, was reburied, and is excavated again, and a massive (but unsuccessful) shift in rhythm at the end.
We do get insights into the state of archaeology in Japan, however. It seems that, there, even University employed archaeologists work absolutely alone, even on well-publicized discoveries, in dirty abandoned warehouses.