My Top 20 Films of 2014

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Yesterday I posted my list of films that as I generally wade through the years of film canon I enjoyed immensely. If you missed it go and check it out for me and say something about it (or not).

Today I will be talking about the topic that if you’re reading this you’re probably already tired of hearing about. My favourite films of the year gone by. I’m certain I share a lot of titles with many of my online colleagues and I can spend the next 2/3 lines mentioning the myriad of films that I’ve not seen due to geographical or many other reasons. Regardless here are 20 films of all the 2014 theatrical releases that I love and would love to widely recommend to you guys to check out.

*I just want to say that while you may see a number ranking in this post I really don’t mean it. I honestly feel that this list order is interchangeable dependent on the day and mood I’m in. Feel free to take all of these films as a collective and not a competitive rout. Continue reading

Blindspot: Chungking Express (1994)

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Am I really just to give up entirely and Wong Kar Wai? Last year I was one of the many who championed his foray into action cinema where he made drama the centerpiece with The Grandmaster and I discovered (almost like Columbus himself) the beauty that is In the Mood For Love, so where have I gone wrong?

Wong Kar Wai continues with his disjointed stories that focus on the places that people intersect in and allowing us to be enamoured by how easily the pass by one another and how wonderful it is when they decide to sit and pause and actually interact. We follow two different ‘love’ stories over the course of this film between two different police officers who have recently been left single and alone (which I believe are two not so exclusive states)  as they have fleeting evenings of love with estranged women; one being a figure in the underground and the other one who helps in her cousin’s food shop. Continue reading

Every 10 Minutes: The Last of the Mohicans

And so the Every 10 Minutes feature returns, and let’s hope it never leaves my side again, because something about this one showed me this exercise is now very important…

We all love film for so many reasons, and one of them is the obvious visual element. I wanted, like these individuals, to highlight this idea but at the same time without completely taking and repurposing it.

Then I started to question what if the same progression we witness over the film’s complete runtime was able to be condensed into only a few images, but rather than being selective of those images make it completely structured? What would we notice now that we may not have while watching the film? And this idea is born.

The idea is this, take a film and take a snapshot every ten minutes (as close as possible with my feeble shakey hands on VLC) and play with the narrative and focus of the film. This week I want to look at the film from 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans.


I run this country…

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The Other Ghibli Marathon: The Cat Returns (2002)

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This is part of my Other Ghibli Marathon. While most of my posts will feel/read like full reviews this one is slightly different. I’d call this more of a reactionary posting than anything else, a short smattering of thoughts and just me ranting because this one didn’t start me off too well.

The Cat Returns feels more like a lazy repurposing of previous works than anything else. If you force one to create a random adventure story of a youth being thrust into a strange world — something that Ghibli is known for doing — but instead of making the world any form of interesting, are you killing your soul? Continue reading