April 23, 2014


I heard so much talk about Blackfish (2013) and how much it made everyone cry. While I didn't cry, I understand the sentiment. I had no idea how emotional and communicative whales were. The movie really did open my eyes to the whole industry of entertainment and nature, and makes me question, again, Toronto's new Ripley's Aquarium. I love psychological thrillers so I was stoked to finally watch The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) - two variations of Ripley in one paragraph, coincidence? It was great!
Warning: I'm about to say the next four movies are "the best ever". After Fall, Winter (2011) was a complete surprise. A connection between two emotionally insecure people, who both have a secret. This movie had a modern Romeo and Juliet quality to it - but really just the final scene - and it kept me on edge the entire time. Worth a watch! I saw two more films apart of the Godard retrospective. The first one being 2 or 3 Things (again and on the big screen!!), and the second Pierrot Le Fou (1965). This movie has been on my list for 4 years and is the movie that originally got me interested in Godard so long ago (because of this exact image). To see this movie at Tiff and on my 26th birthday, it was definitely a dream. I learned that this film, along with many of his films, are generally improvised. His films don't follow a typical story arc and they're sometimes wildly unrealistic and magical, but that's why I love him. The best scene was when Belmondo turns around and Karina asks him "What are you looking at?" and he responds "The audience". Perfection! Also, as usual its visually stunning and colourful.
Antares (2004) is a film with three different parts that beautifully interconnect. I'm the biggest sucker for movies about relationships, human interaction, and the complexities of emotion. This was exactly that. It was powerful, it was brilliantly written, and again, the shots were gorgeous. So inspiring. Brownian Movement (2010) is my newest "you HAVE to see this" movie. It was so stunning it inspired me to write an entire post about it, so stay tuned. All I will say for now is that its a brilliant film about desire, expressed for the most part through body language and facial expression. It is so fresh and powerful.

April 21, 2014


In experiencing the city, the eye doesn't see things but images of things that mean other things, that signal to you a recognition and an understanding, so that you can in turn address them accordingly. 

"Your gaze scans the streets as if they were written pages: the city says everything you must think, makes you repeat her discourse." - Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

You are already intent on recognizing figures. To understand the language of the city, you must first free yourself from the images that in the past announced to you the things you sought.

April 19, 2014


"I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and the degree of the arcades' curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past: the height of a lamppost and the distance from the ground of a hanged usurper's swaying feet; the line strung from the lamppost to the railing opposite and the festoons that decorate the course of the queen's nuptial procession; the height of that railing and the leap of the adulterer who climbed over it at dawn; the tilt of a guttering and a cat's progress along it as he slips into the same window; the firing range of a gunboat which has suddenly appeared beyond the cape and the bomb that destroys the guttering; the rips in the fish net and the three old men seated on the dock mending nets and telling each other for the hundredth time the story of the gunboat of the usurper, who some say was the queen's illegitimate son, abandoned in his swaddling clothes there on the dock. As this wave from memories flows in, the city soaks it up like a sponge and expands."  - Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The city today is the city of the past in which its desires are already memories.
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