My name has the perfect number of characters.
Carruth directs and scores the film!
Upstream Color (Original Motion Picture Score)
by Shane Carruth
Upstream Color: Theatrical Trailer (by UpstreamColor)
Watch this in 1080p. Shane Carruth also directed Primer.
REVIEW: “LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE” (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
during NYFF last fall, i reviewed Kiarostami’s latest for Reverse Shot. “Like Someone in Love” hits theaters today (and VOD 2/21). SEE. IT.
Abbas Kiarostami is here to help. A titan of the Iranian New Wave and arguably modern cinema’s most provocatively self-reflexive auteur, Kiarostami understands that his narrative gamesmanship can be frustrating for viewers accustomed to movies with easy answers, but his films are so widely cherished in part because they encourage audience participation where lesser directors might simply punish casual spectatorship. In that light, it’s easy to appreciate the titles of Kiarostami’s films for their bluntly instructive nature. Certified Copy, for example, insistently returns the viewer’s attention to the subject of forgeries, even (and especially) during the film’s most romantic moments, while Through the Olive Trees explains precisely where to look during the movie’s pivotal and protracted final shot. Yet it’s Kiarostami’s newest film, Like Someone in Love, that might bear his most crucial and perfectly transparent title of all. An explicit nod to the immortal pop song composed by Jimmy van Heusen and Johnny Burke (sung in the movie by Ella Fitzgerald), the eponymous phrase resounds through the film’s every expression and elusive gesture, until the thought occurs so organically that you don’t even notice it’s been gift-wrapped: have any of Abbas Kiarostami’s characters definitively been anything?
In the aftermath of Like Someone in Love’s dicey Cannes premiere, Kiarostami explained: “It’s better to say that we are like someone in love rather than asserting that we are in love. Death or birth are definitive; love is nothing but an illusion. We have in this film four people who are like some people in love.” By now, it seems obvious that the creatures who populate Kiarostami’s films are either impostors, observers, and/or “real people” who are blithely unaware that they’ve been hijacked by a pointedly ambiguous meta-construct of some kind—even when Kiarostami summons other filmmakers to appear as themselves (Close-up), they are transformed into agents of his careful deception, deployed to convince the viewer of a reality that Kiarostami is using their celebrity to further obscure…
Watch everything Kiarostami makes. Malick, Haneke, and Kiarostami are making the most insightful movies of our day.
Christian Marclay’s The Clock opens to the public tomorrow at MoMA! Today, our staff got a sneak peak of the piece and tonight, you can come to our special Pop Rally event to see the clock strike midnight with music, drinks, and more!
For this special presentation, MoMA is opening its doors 24 HOURS on select dates throughout the run including New Year’s Eve. Below are details.
Finally, in case you’re wondering, what’s the big deal? Here are some great articles on the piece to get you up to speed.
24-Hour Screenings of The Clock at MoMA
On December 31, MoMA presents a special New Year’s Eve showing of The Clock in its entirety, which is the first opportunity for the public to view all 24 hours of the piece at MoMA. The Clock will go on view at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, and will run continuously until 5:30 p.m. on January 1. In conjunction with this showing, the Museum’s Cafe 2 restaurant offers a special menu of wines, cheeses, salumi, and desserts on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., along with an all-night espresso bar.
Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 6, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 14, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 20, 5:30 p.m.
Admission after regular Museum hours is: Adults $12; Seniors (65 and over) $10; Students full-time with current ID $8; Children (16 and under) under free. Members free.
Go see this!
La Jetee/La jetée - Chris Marker [Multisub] (by wanderersa)
Watch this masterpiece by Chris Marker who died today. I consider La jetée, Fassbinder’s 1973 film World on a Wire, and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to be the foundation of modern science fiction. YouTube’s new (to me) interactive transcript feature is helpful if you don’t understand French.
Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard) - Marianne Faithful (by precija)
People don’t look this way in cinema very often.