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Discover Opera Live

March 21, 2010 — 2 Comments

If you love opera, you’ll love this… and if you’re new to opera, you should still like it. I mean, look at those luscious drawings. And the drama! Opera is embracing the new technology =D

“Available on demand from March 23rd” :O

Check out the website (speakers on) over at OperaLive.org

You guys really REALLY need to work on what you call “Special Features”. It’s been a long time coming, but the review I sent to Amazon.com of Linda Linda Linda never showed up, even though I was reviewing the material in the DVD and even making suggestions… so it was a valid write-up.

Last time I bought something in Amazon.com, my order included a copy for the Viz Media release for Tetsuya Nakashima’s Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari) and Linda Linda Linda by Nobuhiro Yamashita.

Where to start?

Continue Reading…

DGenerateFilms has translated an essay by director Jia Zhangke with some interesting ideas, as well as some others that I don’t particularly agree with… but maybe it’s one of those things lost in translation.

In a few years, young people throughout Asia will probably sing the same song, be attracted to the same clothes; girls will wear the same makeup and carry the same handbag. What kind of world is this turning into? It is precisely in this cultural environment that only independent films that remain committed to the depiction of local culture can provide some cultural diversity.

That’s an interesting statement, considering I have been talking about the exact opposite. I often talk how there will never be a “definite” 2000’s or 10-19’s list like we had in the 90s, because the internet has opened this gate with floods of information regarding anything… including music, films and overall entertainment. You don’t need to listen to what the record companies send to the radios, or watch what networks believe to be quality television or pay for a movie a distributor thinks you should be watching.

What the essay seems to be referring to is the vapid teenage kids who won’t bother researching and finding out about something that won’t be fed through distributors. I mean, you can’t even rely on what MySpace suggests any longer. LOL

Also… Amateur Cinema? With all the technology and all the quality cinematographers out there, even the most low-budget film can look okay. I’m sorry, but an image alone can speak a thousand words. That’s all I’m saying. I may be a “production value” girl, and I can appreciate costume, and art direction, but I also always give more importance to storyline and overall mood of the film. It shouldn’t matter if it’s “amateur” or a big-budget production.

Don’t give me Amateur Cinema, give me quality Independent Cinema.

10s on TheAuteurs

March 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

TheAuteurs currently has over 44pg (with 20 films each?) so I wondered which 10 films were the first to be added to their database… you know, just for trivia purposes xD

  1. La Antena (2007)
  2. Elementary Particles (2006)
  3. It’s Winter (2006) *
  4. Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) *
  5. Padre Nuestro (Sangre de mi Sangre) (2007)
    * Online Press Screening Available by Invitation Only.
  6. The Perfume of the Lady in Black (2005) *
  7. Riviera (2005) *
  8. Someone Else’s Happiness (2005)
  9. Young Yakuza (2007) *
  10. The Return (2003)

* available to watch on TheAuteurs [Peru Region]

Then I also decided to check the 10 Most Popular films xD

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941)
  4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  6. Taxi Driver (1976)
  7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954)
  9. The Shining (1980)
  10. The Godfather II (1974)

Interesting to see 4 films from the 70s, 2 from the 60s… followed by one of the 50s, 40s, 80s and 90s. Then, it’s also 4 films by Stanley Kubrick, 2 by Francis Ford Coppola, and the films by Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Akira Kurosawa.

Every other time, TheAuteurs.com shows some of their films for free. You only need an account there to watch the films, and you can even login with your Facebook account.

Since I joined, these films were added and restored:

since then, free movies have come and gone…
some are still free, but some others now require paying~

subtitled in English when not in English.

so watch while it’s still available! happy viewing!