It occurred one Saturday afternoon that my own deep and personal mourning for the innocent VHS had found a new low. When describing VHS to people who appear to be gradually younger and younger, it mimics those conversations witnessed with parents, explaining to their I-pod bound offspring what the big black thing is that’s playing a crackly, slightly warped version of Shine on You Crazy … Continue reading Graveyard of the VHS.
Celebrating loss can be a difficult task even for the more optimistic of personas. The idea of someone being physically and emotionally lost is not a pleasant experience which, at best can provide some cathartic character building in between the tears and complete incomprehension as to what exactly it means to live or die. It’s a theme familiar in many filmmaker’s auteur driven, thematic catalogues, … Continue reading Festival (1996) and the Acceptance of Loss – Im Kwon-Taek.
Click for Part 1. Asian Values and Floating Weeds (Music by Saito)[i] Ozu’s later films are perhaps more grounded in the traditions of the Japanese family unit. Their drama comes from an apparent change in value systems (often a systematic change to more western values) or the opposite of this where characters are bound rigidly by Asian tradition and are desperate to escape. The music … Continue reading The Persistance of Modernity in Japanese Film Scores – Part 2 (Ozu’s Floating Weeds)
Time past and time future, What might have been and what has been, Point to one end, which is always present. – T.S Eliot (Four Quartets) There’s a clash often present in the films of Maya Deren but especially in the ones that incorporate music into their styling. From her most famous short Meshes Of The Afternoon (1943 or 1952 with music) to other titles such as … Continue reading Maya Deren And The Scores Of Teiji Ito (Meshes Of The Afternoon + Others)
The arts in post war Japan took a drastic turn in terms of ideals and beliefs after the defeat at the end of World War Two. With the downfall of the nation being so utterly brutal and the clearness of what the country itself had done being plain for its citizens to see, the arts turned humanist in the extreme. Yasujiro Ozu is the product … Continue reading Late Autumn – Yasujiro Ozu (1960)
Tokyo Story is one of those films that always comes up in “greatest films ever made” polls and probably always will, yet ask even regular film fans and half have never heard of it never mind it’s genius of a director Yasujiro Ozu. This is a sad case for a film held in such high esteem in critic circles yet it’s a trend that will probably … Continue reading Tokyo Story – Yasujiro Ozu (1953)