Murder Sandwich

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 11:58 pm
flwyd: (1895 USA map)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] vsmallarray at Murder Sandwich

I'm not sure if I feel worse for the countries that don't have any films about them, like Suriname, the countries associated with something horrible, like Armenia -> genocide, or the countries whose main film association is another country, like Pakistan -> India.
[livejournal.com profile] vsmallarray is the infographic project of the artist behind [livejournal.com profile] catandgirl.
flwyd: (red succulent)
I just noticed this post in one of my excessive browser tabs. I probably wanted to say something more, but you'll do just as well exploring from these two links:

One of the coolest things I saw at MoMA on my recent New York visit was a collection of short abstract films by Len Lye. A Colour Box, for instance, is perhaps the greatest post office commercial ever.
flwyd: (requiem for a dream eye)
Known informally by my family as "The crazy bug movie," Wladyslaw Starewicz's The Cameraman's Revenge is on Google Video. You seriously need to spend 13 minutes to watch this oddity. At least there's some entertaining films not covered by the ever-lengthening reach of copyright. (And if you feel like paying, I believe there's a DVD of his films too.)
flwyd: (requiem for a dream eye)
Many moons ago, in a discussion about sexual initiative, [livejournal.com profile] tamheals asked "Don't you want to beat a woman over the head and drag her back to your cave?" I thought about it for a moment. "No... I want to lure a woman back to my cave to watch foreign films."
flwyd: (tell tale heart)
Many holidays are associated with a color. Black and orange. Red and green. Valentine's Day is, of course, red. Red is traditionally associated with love. It's also associated with fast cars. It's also the color of blood.

We watched Sin City on Sunday night. I really enjoyed it. It's shot mostly in black and white, but with carefully placed red when things get bloody. This palette let the movie feel like a good old 1940s film noir with the visceral danger and gore of what might be called the Tarantino era.

The movie also brought to mind another great film with a 1940s connection. As I watched a story without innocence told in black, white and red I remembered the little girl's red rain coat in Schindler's List. And perhaps that's the most touching valentine of all.
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