Category Archives: Film + Television

Frank Zappa and film.

Over at the Quietus, a look at Frank Zappa’s contributions to the world of film. [via The Quietus]

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Werner Herzog documentary.

Werner Herzog has released a 35-minute documentary on YouTube. Titled From One Second to the Next, the film is about the consequences of texting and driving at the same time.

[via YouTube]

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Animation aesthetics.

My central idea in constructing the world of the film was to prove that something totally artificial and unreal could still communicate emotion and hold cinematic truth. The film makes no effort to cover up the fact that it is a computer animation, it holds an array of artefacts which distance it from reality, which tie it closer to the software it came from. This idea is in direct opposition to all current trends in animation, which take the route of desperately trying to look real, usually by realistic lighting and rendering, or by forcing a hand-made or naive appearance. At the time of writing, this trend shows no apparent signs of ceasing.

There is a model for examining animation proposed here which I found relevant to my interests. [via The White Review]

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Gravity trailer.

Here is the trailer to Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming film, Gravity. It reminds me a bit of one of my favourite anime series, Planetes. [via YouTube]

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Krasznahorkai interview.

Ok, a short story for you. I don’t know how long but I spent many years on the road, trying to find architecture that a human being had built in defence against the bad, and that’s why I was in Denmark because of a certain city wall. At night, I couldn’t sleep so I listened to Danish radio between 1 and 2am. I found a programme in which sometimes a woman, sometimes a man read some wonderful poems, unbelievably beautiful and sad.

After a few weeks I went back to Copenhagen to my girlfriend, and said what a wonderful kind of late night literary programme you have between 1 and 2am! But we don’t have such a programme, she said. But I’ve heard it, I said, it must be a literary programme. No, we haven’t one, she said, again, and slowly, she said, it’s almost 1am, please, show me. I found the station on the radio: listen, do you hear? But László, she said, this is the weather report!

And now, an interview with László Krasznahorkai. [via Transcript]

As you might possibly expect, there’s also quite a bit on Béla Tarr in there (as well as some Max Neumann).

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New Hayao Miyazaki film.

Here’s the trailer to the new Hayao Miyazaki film, The Wind Rises. [via YouTube]

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Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 6.

If you’re in Singapore and have yet to make plans for the weekend, do consider dropping by for a screening or two at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. It’s going to be at Future Perfect Singapore from 12 July to 14 July. Check out the programme and other details in the link. [via Future Perfect]

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ILO ILO in Singapore theatres soon.

Anthony Chen’s prize-winning ILO ILO has been picked up by Golden Village and will soon be showing in Singapore theatres.

[via YouTube]

It opens 29 August.

[Official website]

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Translating humour.

So—if I’m Groucho—would I be inclined to remove obstacles to international comprehension? Would I understand how to pivot a joke from English to French, or—if I were Bassem—from Egyptian Arabic to English? Would I have to worry about the English equivalent of Emad Eldeen Adeeb instructing me to buy tiger-themed bed sheets, too? (And seriously? Tiger themed?) I know I’d be tempted to take the Bakhtinian route and lean into the fact that an act of translation would be taking place—that someone could achieve English as She Is Spoke by intention rather than by accident (and that’s not the only way to lean into this, but it’s the first example that came to mind)—but I’m not so sure if that’s the best, most fruitful way to do it.

On translating humour. [via The Paris Review]

Incidentally, I just reached the translating humour chapter in David Bellos’s Is That a Fish in Your Ear? yesterday.

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Monday Master.

Good morning. It’s a slow and lazy Monday morning. Singapore appears to finally be out of the haze. Here is a tiny bit of Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack for The Master. [via YouTube]

The film is out on video now and I should really get to watching it.

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