Film: Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics 2011) Director: Denis Villeneuve Source: Based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard Continue reading Incendies
The Little Mermaid (Wanda Waterman, 2011, from They Tell My Tale to Children Now to Help Them to be Good) My dancing was bathed in a gaze That dripped like honey through moonlight, While unseen swords and knives sliced at my thighs. Oh, searing phantom pain of severed tail, That pretty tail that steered me through the deep Past wet azure spaces marked with gilded, silvered life! Did you know I was silenced, due to you? My tongue cut out just like a cow’s, for you? My singing might have tortured you at nightfall, Or driven your sailors mad, … Continue reading The Little Mermaid (poem)
Film: Potiche (2011) Director: François Ozon Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Renier, Judith Godrèche “Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men—bring them softness, teach them how to cry.” Joan Baez From Earth Mother to Political Saviour, 70s-Style There are two time-chasms to cross in this film. The first is the jump between the pre-feminist bourgeois housewife and her liberated counterpart of the 70s, when this story was set; this is crossed by lead Suzanne as she changes with the times, only to become more fully herself. The … Continue reading Catherine Deneuve does an amazing job of demonstrating how a pampered life might actually enable a woman to preserve her youthful ideals of justice, equality, and compassion until they’re needed.
Writer/Director: Quentin Dupieux Cast: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz Genre: Drama We Go ’Round and ’Round and ’Round in the Tire Game Robert the abandoned tire awakens to his own unique reality: he’s alone in a gravelly desert somewhere in the American southwest. It ain’t pretty, so he starts rolling. When he falls he rises again. When confronted with an obstacle, he rolls around it and just keeps going. When he sees something new he stops to scrutinize it. Soon he starts quivering with rage at the sight of the bottles and cans that litter his … Continue reading Film: Rubber (Realitism Films 2010)
Music: Triangle (2011), One Plus One (2010) Book: Observations and Thinkings: A Collection of Mark M’s Musings (2001) “And God (ironically) sed, ‘I am going to send to hell all those people who were stupid enough to think I was going to send (other) people to hell.’ Fred 2:23” Mark M, in Observations and Thinkings Mark M grew up in a stifling Peanuts-style childhood in Minneapolis. But he made up for it in later life by producing aleatoric music and scribbling down bizarre truths. The Two has always included Mark M. He did change partners once, but the duo format remains the same. Why? Says M: “A duo … Continue reading Gregor’s Bed— Inside the Strange and Curious Mind of The Two Part I: Mark M