Seeing Upstream Color, written and directed by and co-starring Shane Carruth, at the Melbourne International Film Festival was a welcomingly refreshing experience. It’s a fantastic follow-up to Carruth’s Primer, which I consider more incomprehensible than Upstream Color, despite the realistic approach. As is the case with Primer, Upstream Color is quite challenging, and the abstract connections in the filmmake it even more so. Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth pull of great performances as the lost and confused Kris and Jeff, and Carruth’s score is immersive and hypnotic – in fact the whole film has that magnetic quality to it.
Of course, as with Primer, multiple watchings and turning your brain cells to overdrive are probably necessary to fully understand the dream-like strangeness of it all – but then, that’s sort of the point. And if you need answers now, they are already waiting:
Accidentally stumbling across interesting directors is always exciting. Emily Kai Bock’s videos are so enthralling, but I’m struggling to work out why. Her clip for ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes is also fantastic fun, both with brilliant film cinematography by Evan Prosofsky.
I think for once I can genuinely say there really aren’t any spoilers, unless you don’t want insights into Malick’s process – but who wouldn’t? I’m already excited. It’s a shame Australia has to wait till April.
The 2012 Vimeo awards motion graphics winner, this two minute piece from Jurjen Versteeg highlights the often overlooked people behind some of the most famous title sequences in cinema. My only criticism is that it wasn’t long enough – a few more title homages couldn’t hurt, surely.
The above montage from Rob Wilson is a great example of what some film buffs and cinephiles don’t like about Tarantino. Much of his work seems to be so referential that, to them, it might feel like a remix or mashup that has been reshot. Their beef? He’s not original and all the praise he…
Unfortunately I was unable to attend The Master Q&A and 70mm print screening at the Astor Theatre as I was volunteering for RMITV’s Fergus in Hell, season 2 of which premieres in December. However, the event was covered by many, including the theatre itself, which uploaded some photos to its gallery, and Reel Good posted a review after…