"You said: "I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,
find another city better than this one.
Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong
and my heart lies buried like something dead.
How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?
Wherever I turn, wherever…
1:02 am • 14 August 2014 • 12 notes
lyrics from Bo Harwood’s “Almost,” featured in John Cassavetes’ THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE and LOVE STREAMS
11:02 pm • 14 April 2014 • 4 notes
2013 in repertory cinema & premieres
The best repertory films I saw on screen this year:
GETRUD (Carl Dreyer)*
THE LAST WAGON (Delmer Daves)
MAN TO MAN (Allan Dwan)
EMILY DIED (Anne Charlotte Robertson)
HÉLAS POUR MOI (Jean-Luc Godard)
TALKING TO STRANGERS (Rob Tregenza) (1/2 video tape)
CLASS RELATIONS (Straub/Huillet)*
LE JOLI MAI (Chris Marker) (DCP)
A BREAKDOWN AND AFTER THE MENTAL HOSPITAL (Anne Charlotte Robertson)
THE BIRTH OF LOVE (Philippe Garrel)*
OPENING NIGHT (John Cassavetes)
BINGHAMTON, MY INDIA (Ken Jacobs)
*Had seen previously, but first time viewing on 35mm)
The 16 best world premieres I saw on screen this year:
THE IMMIGRANT (James Gray)
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Martin Scorsese)
WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (Joaquim Pinto)
MISPLACEMENT (Jerome Hiler)
SPRING (Nathaniel Dorsky)
STRANGER BY THE LAKE (Alain Guiraudie)
UTSKOR: EITHER/OR (Laida Lertxundi)
THE BLING RING (Sofia Coppola)
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Joel and Ethan Coen)
JOYS OF WAITING FOR THE BROADWAY BUS 4 (Ken Jacobs)
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Jim Jarmusch)
A TOUCH OF SIN (Jia Zhangke)
PALO ALTO (Gia Coppola)
BASTARDS (Claire Denis)
FAST 6 (Justin Lin)
PAIN & GAIN (Michael Bay)
and the best cinematic non-films I saw all year:
Laura Poitras’ interviews with Edward Snowden
Slava, “Girl Like Me”
Kanye West - “Yeezus” Projections, Brooklyn
A$AP Rocky, “Fashion Killa”
KING BRITT X ROLEX X MICHAEL MANN
1:01 pm • 31 December 2013 • 4 notes
On TRAVELING LIGHT
In February of 2010, I was privileged to be a part of Gina Telaroli’s TRAVELING LIGHT, a then semi-narrative film, structured by incidences shot on an Amtrak train moving west from New York to Cleveland. I wish I took more pictures, but the cost of feeding myself at the time was a struggle; 35mm film was too expensive. Despite the exhaustion from unexpected events that happened while making this film, namely a blizzard that stranded us overnight in a Pittsburgh train station, followed by an in-limbo 24 hour respite in Mentor, OH, I look back to this period of time poignantly. The shoot was four long years ago and I barely remember things about myself from that time.
TRAVELING LIGHT is screening this coming week in NY at Anthology Film Archives, schedule here, presented alongside train-themed films chosen by Gina. Starting Friday, it will also be available streaming online via Lumiere (additional screenings listed in that link).
I love this film, possibly because I see so much of myself in it, or because I’ve watched it move from a narrative to a sort-of-non-narrative film, halved in length, properly butchered into something miraculous. It’s a film removed from city life, but only features city dwellers; it functions on non-city time, but there’s a sense of anxiousness in idle time that New Yorkers will pick up on immediately. It’s a film that takes its time, unfolding like an afternoon spent with friends. Its formal rigor, sensitive to sunlight and shadows, is often challenged by long takes that explode with energy and ones that at first seem to exist as time-based records. It’s impossible to distance myself from this film, which I’m fine with, and wish I could be a lucky soul seeing it blindly for the first time.
Images by the lake were taken in Mentor, OH, close to Gina’s parents’ house. The top image, along with the black and white indoor shots, were taken at the Pittsburgh Amtrak station. The last picture was taken at a train station in Pennsylvania on our way back to New York.
11:18 pm • 12 November 2013 • 14 notes
abel <3 asia
so happy to hear these two are talking again!
8:37 pm • 7 November 2013 • 25 notes