Posts Tagged ‘Film

27
Jan
09

Valet Bike Parking, compliments to SF Giants

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01
Jan
09

Vergangenheitsbewältigung

A composite German word describing the process of coming to terms with ones past, vergangenheitsbewältigung, has become part of the core political culture of contemporary Germany. The new German Film, Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex, has attracted much attention throughout Europe, as it follows the vergangenheitsbewältigung theme.

this film looks at another chapter in German history: the rise, during the 1970s, of a radical left-wing group called the Red Army Faction (or the Baader-Meinhof Gang, after its leaders, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof). Obviously, the group’s crimes were in no way analogous to those of the Nazis; the RAF ultimately murdered 34 people, while the Nazis murdered millions. Still, an honest reckoning with the past is exactly what the movie attempts. And, in providing a frank and unsentimental depiction of the brutal excesses associated with 1960s radicalism, it sets an example that Hollywood would do well to follow.

Hollywood could take a few pointers from German film producers. No major American film has dealt with topics regarding similiar domestic radicalism of Weatherman, or even the Black Panthers, with as equal honesty as German producers.

Read the entire review, via The New Republic.

16
Dec
08

Snow Tour de SE Portland

Heidi Swift’s head cam cruising through SE Portland during our first snowfall of the season. I’ve got to say, the tunes will put you in the Christmas cycling spirit if freezing temperatures and icy roads aren’t enough.

Hat-tip to Wend Mag.

13
Dec
08

Macaframa PDX premiere

macaframa_posterMacaframa, a film based on the culture of urban track/fixed riding, will premiere Sunday December 14 at Backspace. Prior to the screening, organizers will host an alleycat race beginning in Southeast Portland at Colonel Summers Park (20th and Belmont) and ending with the screening at Backspace (115 NW 5th). Race begins at 4pm and the premiere kicks off at 6:30 pm. Expect excellent cinematography from directors Colby Elrick and Colin Arlen accompanied with some of the best fixed riders on the Left Coast..

“Macaframa dudes are awesome. Their premieres have been packed. Look out for some amazing track bike cinematography.”

10
Dec
08

Race you there..

A must see upcoming screening of 2008’s Bicycle Film Fest. I can only imagine a solid festival turnout (Dec 12-13) as there is no snow to be skied. I do wish they’d come down on the ticket price a bit.

Woahhh..Its Fast Friday, via David Rowe.

25
Nov
08

Campus Peter Three-Transitions

30
Sep
08

Raiders of The Lost Ark: An adaptaion

As boys, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb spent every summer from 1982 – 1989 (that’s eight summers, folks!) crafting their shot-for-shot recreation of the film they’d later entitle “Raiders: The Adaptation”. Amazingly they did actually finish the film.

Read the article here.

25
Sep
08

19th Arrondissement–La haine attire la haine!

Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz’s, La Haine (1995), highlights the marginalization within France’s  banlieues. Hands-down one of my favorite films ( also a Cannes Film Festival winner), if not a cinematography masterpiece.

…butts European urbanity up against American street style as kids clash with cops in suburban Paris.

Here is how the film relates to current society.

23
Sep
08

Subconscious art of graffiti removal

A film by Matt McCormick & Rodeo Film Company; I recognize this everyday while  cruising the cut-through.

The official website is here.

26
Aug
08

Want a culture of innovation? Fund our artists.

Innovation is the new buzzword for the so-called value-added economy: Wealth is now created primarily through intellectual capital, not natural resources. Japan and Microsoft taught us that we don’t need coal and wood and mounds of potash: We need smarts.

Our view of the societal importance of art has shifted over the last half century.

Here you can read the entire article.

24
Aug
08

“Rivers of Babylon” by Peter Pišt’anek

Peter Pišt’anek delivers a post-communist portrait of a still unified Czechoslovakia through country bumpkin protagonist, Rácz.

Rivers of Babylon is a dark sort of satire, with a slightly bitter taste to most of it, but it is satire, and enjoyably amusing at that. Parts are exaggerated — so also the desperation everyone shows when there’s no heat — and there’s some jarring brutality, but it all fits with Rácz’s rise from country bumpkin to nouveau-riche magnate, as he stomps his way to the top without ever becoming more refined. It’s a wry picture of the new eastern Europe, often too close for comfort even in its absurder twists, and it’s an entertaining read.

Read the entire review here

An interview with Peter Pišt’anek, and the 1998 Rivers of Babylon film trailer here.

22
Aug
08

Subsidised world of arthouse films

One of the worst post-mod rants I’ve heard thus far. Click here for the entire article.

What you really need is the capacity to ingratiate yourself with an incumbent artistic elite. If they’ll recommend you to the Ruritanian Film Funding Board you’re on your way. Especially if you’re Ruritanian. Ruritania needs a glorious film industry, just as it needs a national airline. Excellence won’t be a requirement in our now irredeemably relativist world. Indeed, its presence might affront the democratic principle, for everyone must now be as good as everyone else

RuritaniaA self destructive society




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