Month: June 2009

Boat (David Lynch, 2007)

USA, 7 min

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i didn’t think much of this, mostly because digital video and young female voiceovers tend to be atmosphere-ruiners for me, and this was made with both. still, short enough to be worth it for unintentionally funny lynch-as-actor moments – ’cause, oops, his voice slices through the eerie like a gallagher prop hammer… SLAP

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Onibaba (Kaneto Shindô, 1964)

鬼婆
Demon Woman
Devil Woman
JP, 103 min

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from now-defunct reel.com:

Feudal era-set Japanese horror tale based on a Buddhist parable.  A woman and her widowed daughter-in-law kill to survive — attacking and killing passing samurai, stripping them of their valuable armor and possessions, and disposing of the bodies in a deep pit. Their lives are disrupted by the return from war of neighbor Hachi, who lusts after the daughter…

With its mix of harsh poetic realism and mounting supernatural terror, this entertains foreign film buffs, adventurous fantasy/horror fans.

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NOEMA (Scott Stark, 1998)

USA, 11 min

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NOEMA is philosopher Husserl’s term for “the meaning of an object that is formed in the domain of consciousness.” Pornographic videos are mined for the unerotic moments between moments, when the actors are engaging in an awkward change of position or when the camera pans meaningfully away from the urgent mechanisms of sex up to a cheap painting on the wall or the distant embers of a crackling fire. A piercing musical score loops endlessly throughout, and the repetitive and curious iterations of movement become furtive searches for meaning within their own blandness.    — heygyp

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