December 16, 2013


I had barely heard of Blue is the Warmest Colour when I decided to take myself out to TIFF to see it. From my brief research before seeing it, I had come across things like "intense/ explicit sex scene" and "needs a cold shower" but also things like "beautiful" and "honest depiction of love". That coupled with it already in the Criterion Collection, I was intrigued. It definitely was an honest, beautiful movie with yes, an extremely long explicit love making scene. I was captured the entire film, but it didn't leave me with an overwhelming feeling of bliss that I've experienced with other films (most recently 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her). Whether there is a sequel or not, I love the way in ended coming full circle and yet new. Frances Ha, also a recent addition to the Criterion Collection, has been on my list for a while as I love Greta Gerwig (her movies also here and here). It was super relatable (female, mid20s, career/ soul searching), beautifully filmed in black and white, and honest. It's also one of those movies that you can easily rewatch right away.
Life of Pi is one of my favourite novels of all time. We had to read it in high school and I did an intense project on it (I got an A+, nbd) so it always stayed with me. The movie exceeded my expectations. Its about life, belief and strength. Body language of animals is so fascinating. Your Sister's Sister was also on my list for a while. I was expecting something else however, and I feel like the ending left me wondering only about the plot and not about much more.
TIFF programs a series called The Free Screen which hosts monthly free, that's right free, screenings of experimental films and video works. I saw both of the following films during these nights. Backbone: Vancouver Experimental Cinema is a documentary about the emergence of experimental filmmaking in Canada. TIFF showed a series of short films by the artists in the documentary, which is the film that I saw. I was working on my own very first short 'film' (which I will show soon!), so it was inspiring to see the magical images these artists were creating between 1967 and 1981. twohundredfiftysixcolors is a two hour film with over 3000 GIFs. It was interesting to see the narrative that was created based on their editing decisions and my own tendency to create links between subject matter. It was also silent, as GIFs naturally are, so listening to my own internal soundtrack was fun.
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