Friday, June 09, 2006

18th st video

...formerly known as video americain, is closing in two weeks and going to new jersey. forcing the rest of us all to go the way of the netflix i guess. might as well go buy an ipod too...

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nice gentle summer afternoon thunderstorm here, march 16-20 playing in the background...

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weekend DVDs: watched the first three episodes of the wire, which strikes me as a pretty good cop show so far tho i don't know how compelled i am to watch more...

on deck, bela tarr's damnation, can't wait to see how it rates against werckmeister harmonies

and michael haneke's the seventh continent. thought this was a completely new filmmaker to me but it turns out i have seen his piano teacher.

1 comment:

Doug Lang said...

I was surprised to learn that Michael Haneke was remaking Funny Games with Naomi Watts , presumably for American audiences. Ithe original version was the first of Haneke’s films I saw, not long after it came out in 19997, and it remains my favorite by far. Code icconu, La Pianiste, Le Temps du loup, and Caché were all impressively serious moral essays, nicely grim and astringent, and a little preachy in tone, kind of like Bergman’s work. Funny Games was serious, but it was also hilarious. I can’t imagine how it will translate into a North American scenario, unless they do the old Hollywood business of Anglo-Americans speaking with zee German accent perhaps. One hopes not, doesn’t one. The original was so German. The underpinning humor was German, and then many of the jokes laid on top were German. Of course, they were not jokes per se. There was one out-and-out joke, which was universal. And the whole thing was perfectly
unglamorous, especially the family of three at the narrative center, and particularly the wifey. How to make Naomi Watts unglamorous? Leave it to Haneke, maybe.

Anyhow, I never saw The Seventh Continent, which was Haneke’s first feature film, I believe. I recommend all of his films, preferably to be seen in a cinema, but most of all
I recommend Funny Games, to be seen by any means possible.