in the mood for love - a wong kar wai film i believe.... i watched it for an asian cinema class in college and just fell in love with it... kind of quiet and powerful.. just a beautiful film i think hero - another film i saw for my asian cinema class... it has those fantasy sword fighting elements but the film is just visually STUNNING, both of these asian films have become favorites of mine i think...
They are visually stunning, and it's no coincidence since Christopher Doyle was the cinematographer on both. Everything he shoots is just . I'm at the point now where I'll just watch a film just because he's the DP on it, even if I care nothing for the director or plot.
Here are some older "hidden gems" I recommend ... for best viewing experience, don't read too much about them first
Night of the Hunter (1955)[ RT 98% ] - Atmospheric, surreal, suspenseful, and overlooked. Now considered a classic, Charles Laughton's first and only film was mostly dismissed by audiences at the time. Diabolique (1955)[ RT 96% ] - French crime thriller directed by the great Henri-Georges Clouzot. Remade in 1996 with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani, but check out the original. The Cranes are Flying (1957)[ RT 94% ] - WWII romance/drama is one of the greatest Soviet films. Amazing pre-steadicam handheld cinematography, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The Swimmer (1968)[ RT 100% ] - Surprising this movie came out of Hollywood in the 60s. Frank and Eleanor Perry collaborated on many fine movies, this is one of their best efforts. Based on a New Yorker short story, starring Burt Lancaster.
i finally got around to watching in the mood for love tonight. to be completely honest this is one of only a handful of films from asian cinema that i have watched, and there is such a different rhythm that it takes me a while to be pulled in.. i found it very slow.. of course, by 'hollywood' standards, or even those of most western cinema.. it is so quiet, which is i think the word chrissy used. definitely takes some getting used to. i found it hard to really be pulled in to the characters.. to invest.. i think culturally there is so much difference and so much to try and understand, as well, that you don't necessarily pick up on intuitively like you might with a film based closer within your own cultural experience.
Anyhow.. the cinematography was indeed beautiful.. and the music was amazing too and by about three quarters of the way through i was much more attached to the whole thing.. i thought the ending scenes (from singapore on, i guess) were particularly superb.
i will try and watch another of his films and see how i feel..
on another note - i saw micmacs today by jean-pierre jeunet (same director as amelie and a very long engagement...both of which i liked).. can't say i liked this one as much.. i found the plot very, very weak. everyone gave great performances though, and visually it was as quirky and fascinating as always. the most interesting part was its commentary on arms and arms trade, really, but i don't think it was developed nearly enough. it could have been much more powerful imo. anyway, not really my style of film overall, but there you go!
That's who you wanna go in the woods with, right?
Somebody who finishes your sentences for you