Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Central Station


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RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) 09-Sep-14
ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954) 11-Sep-14
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68 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello, i've just watched The illusionist and i LOVE it!

Eternality said...

Yes, I agree. It's really, really good!

Anonymous said...

Can you release your top 100 movies this weekend? you've been postponing it since january to february, march to april...

Eternality said...

I am sorry, but I don't have the time to do that. It will most likely be out by end of May, when I take a break from my studies.

Daniel said...

Hey, have you watched Werckmeister Harmonies which i recommended to you a while ago? Its really great!

Eternality said...

Hi Daniel, nope! Is it even available on DVD? Any ways to get it without resorting to downloading, which I am not comfortable with? Thanks.

Daniel said...

I bought it on ebay for a decent price, though im not sure if its available now. Amazon's stuff may be too costly.

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Eternality said...

Hi Daniel, is your top 10 list your 10 most favorite films, or 10 films that you think are the best in cinema?

Cheers!

daniel said...

^ Favourites. Though i do take into account their artistic merit. I could have chosen Vertigo over rear window for example (as many critics would do), but i felt Rear Window was the more solid Hitchcock film. Furthermore, i didnt pick those art films which do not have a high 'rewatchability' rate even though i hold them in high regard. (eg. Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia) So i guess this list is somewhere between favourite and greatest of all films. What do you think?

Eternality said...

I see, I think it's a very good list. You covered quite a lot of ground from Asian to European to American cinema. I agree with you with regards to LAWRENCE OF ARABIA; it really has low rewatchability. But I loved SEVEN SAMURAI as I always anticipate watching it again.

Cheers!

daniel said...

Thanks! As a matter of fact, i'm in love with European cinema. Especially the French New Wave and German cinema. You should really watch Sansho The Bailiff (my favourite japanese film) , Stalker and Persona if you havnt yet. I think that if you liked films such as La Strada and Last Year At Marienbad (which i dislike), you would probably enjoy those 3.

Eternality said...

I will try to find the titles you recommend.

daniel said...

That's great! You know, i have been reading and enjoying most of your reviews. If you can review those 3 of my favourites it will be fantastic!

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Eternality said...

It's fine by me. I have trouble deciding my Top 100 favorite films too. And may just do a top 50 or top 25. I shall see how it goes.

daniel said...

Ugghh! from the looks of it, Pirates of the carribean 4 is bad... Anyway, it will still be much MUCH better than a crappy movie that'll be released later this year - (points to michael bay)

Eternality said...

Strangely, I will still find myself making the same mistake twice by going to review Bay's film.

daniel said...

Waa... Getting into post-neorealist italian cinema? Visconti and Pasolini, 2 directors whose work are not available anywhere in Singapore. Do you order them online? or watch online? These dvds arent cheap. I remember paying $40 for Tarkovsky's Solaris.

Eternality said...

No, I don't think I can afford such DVDs, which are usually under the label of Criterion Collection.

I am taking the opportunity to catch THE LEOPARD and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW at the Italian Film Festival 2011 @ The Cathay soon. :)

daniel said...

Oohh, i'm definitely gonna see The Leopard. Was hoping to see Antonioni's L'avventura or Rosselini's Rome,Open City but they wont be screened. Very good choice on the Pasolini film ; i cannot imagine seeing Salo (since its banned)being screened here, that would cause an uproar. :)

Eternality said...

I was hoping to catch Bertolucci's THE CONFORMIST, but alas, it's not screened. And yes, SALO would definitely not make it here. :/

daniel said...

I have the terribly dubbed English version on dvd, but still i think The Conformist is one of the most visually beautiful films filmed. In fact, Coppola loved it so much that he insisted his cinematographer to analyse it before shooting 'The Godfather'. Later he had Vittorio shoot his film 'Apocalypse Now'. The Conformist remains my favourite Bertolucci, and im eager to see The Leopard which inspired it. At 3 hours, it certainly will be a challenge

daniel said...

Looking forward to your top 100 movies. How much have you completed?

Eternality said...

Completed my Top 100. Just trying to link each title to my review (if any), quite a tedious process. But it should be published on my blog earliest by tomorrow night, latest Wednesday night.

By the way, are you on Facebook? Have you added me?

daniel said...

Well, you can add me on msn. I dislike facebook actually. :) I cant remember the last time i visited that social network site.

Eternality said...

I see, no problem. It's just that it would be better to keep in contact via FB as I only use my FB for the sharing of film-related material. You can add me on MSN at eternality_tan@hotmail.com

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Eternality said...

23 titles of your Top 50 made it into my Top 100. But then again, I haven't seen 19 titles in your list, which I am dying to try to find the opportunity to review. :/

daniel said...

I bought a number of dvds from London's HMV last year. Those films you cant find in Singapore. About 7 pounds for one - they're much cheaper than the over-priced dvds at the HMV at 313. If you can get your hands on those titles, check out my favourite film 'Sansho the Bailiff' first. Best movie ive seen in my 1 and a half years of movie odyssey.

DANII BOY said...

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Eternality said...

Yes, thanks for the link!

daniel said...

Hi, dont mind if i ask.. Would you be watching any of the films on PFF ? You've seen Clockwork Orange, so are you still required to watch it again :P (as the festival director lol) I've checked gv.com for the seats available and im amazed that cinema for Clockwork is rather big and the tickets are selling fast! Apparently its gonna be well-received! I guess most of the ppl are from your film school too? or the general public? (if so then your advertising team has done a good job)

Sucks that its R21. Oh well, you're fortunate enough to have it screened in conservative singapore lol!

Eternality said...

Hi Daniel,

Yes, I will be there for each of the six screenings to talk to people and to make sure everything goes fine.

Yup, I purposely requested GV to allow us to rent GV Max for Clockwork, because I foresee many will want to catch it!

Thanks for the compliments. I had a very good team this year. Hope to see you for some of the screenings!

:)

daniel said...

How on earth did you manage to get Clockwork Orange screened? That is one of the most controversial movies made and MDA didnt mind ? lol.

Anyway, i think i'll catch The Battle of Algiers on the big screen, hopefully. I'm too young to watch A Clockwork Orange (because of the R21) but i already have the dvd. I guess most of those people who booked their tickets for Clockwork have actually seen the movie, they just want to catch it on the big screen.

Eternality said...

Actually, ever since the introduction of the R21 rating, A Clockwork Orange had been passed without cuts with that rating. Not many know this.

Hope to see you for The Battle of Algiers; it's a must-watch!

:)

daniel said...

Sorry for troubling you again... may i ask when is The Artist going to be screened? And is it a nationwide thing? Like at Cathay/GV ? or only at a festival?

Eternality said...

No trouble. There will be an exclusive screening at The Cathay on Sun 11-Dec, 730PM by the French Film Festival. But I think it's almost all sold out already.

Anonymous said...

your review suck

Eternality said...

Do elaborate on which review sucks and why it sucks, and I will see what you are unhappy about. Thanks.

daniel said...

tmr im taking my a level results ahh! dunno how well i will do... what course in uni to take? Any advice? Film studies?

Eternality said...

Hmm, do you prefer to be working with the camera or with words?

Doing production and critical research are two completely different areas. My gut feeling is that you prefer to do the latter..

daniel said...

i've not decided yet. maybe research is up my alley. by "words" do u mean script/screen-writing? or just film analysis? I have some doubts about making a film because I dont have anything to say, and to make a good film you need to have something to say.

Anyway, do u know if NUS or NTU or whatever uni offers such courses?

Eternality said...

I was referring to film analysis.

There are no courses that specifically focus on film analysis here in Singapore. There are modules, yes, but not courses that you can get a degree from.

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) is one place to do Cinema Studies or Research modules. I don't think SMU has any related modules, while NUS may have a few, they are not as focused as NTU's WKWSCI.

You can also try other private schools, but I doubt any offers such modules, let alone a course by itself. Alternatively, you can try overseas.

daniel said...

Its either NUS or NTU for me. Why do you say that NUS' Cinema studies are not as focused as NTU's?

Eternality said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think they have a department focusing on cinema studies over there.

daniel said...

oh my... cant wait for melancholia :) Not too keen on A Separation. just wondering if u do top 10 of the decade lists. what are your top 10 films from the 70s,80s,90s and 00s?

Eternality said...

Hmm, I must say that I have not seen enough key works from each decade to compile a credible list. Perhaps my Top 100 List would be a good indicator?

I might do a Top 10 list for the last five years (2007-2011) since I started reviewing in 2007. =)

daniel said...

I see... I think Hugo is the best film this year so far... Didnt care for Drive, Midnight in Paris, etc. Black Swan would be my favourite film of 2010. Inglorious Basterds for 2009. Wall E for 2008. Ratatouille for 2007.

Eternality said...

Ah, I see!

Mine's THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007), WALL-E (2008), DEPARTURES (2009), INCEPTION (2010), HUGO (2011).

If you force me to pick one out of these five, I will go for P.T. Anderson's THERE WILL BE BLOOD. =)

daniel said...

Now that Hunger Games was a disappointment because of shaky cam, I cant wait for Prometheus in June!!

Eternality said...

Ah PROMETHEUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

daniel said...

What happened to your Wages Of Fear review? :(

Anyway whats your next most anticipated movie now that Prometheus was a letdown? Mine's Django Unchained. The Dark Knight Rises looks quite interesting but I wasnt a fan of The Dark Knight to begin with.

Eternality said...

Oops, I have to postpone reviewing THE WAGES OF FEAR. My next anticipated film is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, simply because I am a big Nolan fan.

Yes DJANGO UNCHAINED is one of them too. The other is P.T. Anderson's THE MASTER. =)

daniel said...

Sian.... I'm in the army now. Lucky I'm working as a clerk and can stay out. So little time to watch any movie- i have like 50 movies on my computer that I've been planning to watch. Before that I was watching like 2 movies a day after my A's. You still renting those old classics from Esplanade?

Eternality said...

Hmm...I see. I try my best to borrow at least two DVDs from the Esplanade every month! I still have a shelf load of DVDs to clear at home! =X

daniel said...

Thats nice to hear. Where do you buy your DVDs from?

Eternality said...

Used to buy them a few years ago at stores like Grammophone @ The Cathay; HMV @ City Link (now defunct), and Music Junction @ VivoCity.

Now hardly buy anymore as I realized I could borrow them from the libraries. Unless I wish to collect.. Also sometimes Amazon.com has good deals for some films (arthouse or mainstream). =)

daniel said...

Hey man,

Where did you get The Burmese Harp and Stalker DVDs? Cuz I might want to get my hands on them as well.

Eternality said...

From the Esplanade library. They have a few copies of STALKER there. But I think they have only one copy of THE BURMESE HARP.

daniel said...

I get the feeling that 'Ah Boys to Men' is going to rip Full Metal Jacket off, or revel in the excess of a typical Michael Bay movie, and Jack Neo is going to take full credit for it.

Eternality said...

Ha, are you watching it?

daniel said...

No way am I going to waste my money on this propaganda about the importance of NS. It makes me sick thinking about this trash beating Skyfall in Sg box office.

Murtaza Ali said...

Hi there,

Greeting for the day!

I am hosting my first ever blogathon on my movie blog: A Potpourri of Vestiges. It is called "Best of the Best Blogathon".

I would be highly obliged if you could contribute a post or two towards the same. You may write a new post but an existing one will also suffice :-)

Here's the link:

http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/2012/12/best-of-best-blogathon-december-2012-to.html

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Regards,
Murtaza Ali
Founder/Editor-in-Chief
A Potpourri of Vestiges

daniel said...

What's up Eternality Tan! Is that your real name lol? Hows it going? Im planning to watch The Music Room because you gave it 5 stars, and Ive not seen a lot by Ray. :)

Eternality said...

Hi Daniel, yep that's my name! Yes, please do catch THE MUSIC ROOM if you have the chance to!

daniel said...

I think I'm going to watch Straub's The Death of Empedocles at the German Film Festival. What about you?

Eternality Tan said...

Ha, I see. I am going for PARADISE: LOVE and THE CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH.