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Mamoru Oshii. Fantasia International Film Festival 2014

Mamoru Oshii. Fantasia International Film Festival 2014

Avengers #32 (2014) by Jonathan Hickman & Leinil Francis Yu

Avengers #32 (2014) by Jonathan Hickman & Leinil Francis Yu

Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot (Adam Yauch, 2008)
Hey Montreal! As some of you may know, I’m programming the film section of POP Montreal this year (imagine a smaller-scale, but equally tentacular music festival like SXSW, CMW or NXNW, and you sort of get the idea of what POP is), and my first event is tonight! A free, exterior screening of Adam Yauch’s great lo-fi hip-hop basketball documentary Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot, at the the Place de la Paix, near the Société des Arts Technologiques. It’s one of the most dynamic and fun docs I’ve ever seen, the soundtrack is simply stellar (from Jay-Z to Afrika Bambaataa) and while I know it’s cheapie Tuesday, it’s not like Transformers 4 is going anywhere. So come by! Here’s all the info, but if you need extra incentive, here’s a little something about it in The Gazette, and something else in CultMTL. See you there!

Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot (Adam Yauch, 2008)

Hey Montreal! As some of you may know, I’m programming the film section of POP Montreal this year (imagine a smaller-scale, but equally tentacular music festival like SXSW, CMW or NXNW, and you sort of get the idea of what POP is), and my first event is tonight! A free, exterior screening of Adam Yauch’s great lo-fi hip-hop basketball documentary Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot, at the the Place de la Paix, near the Société des Arts Technologiques. It’s one of the most dynamic and fun docs I’ve ever seen, the soundtrack is simply stellar (from Jay-Z to Afrika Bambaataa) and while I know it’s cheapie Tuesday, it’s not like Transformers 4 is going anywhere. So come by! Here’s all the info, but if you need extra incentive, here’s a little something about it in The Gazette, and something else in CultMTL. See you there!

Emmanuelle 4 (Francis Leroi & Iris Letans, 1984)

Emmanuelle 4 (Francis Leroi & Iris Letans, 1984)

Goodbye, Emmanuelle (François Leterrier, 1977)

Goodbye, Emmanuelle (François Leterrier, 1977)

Emmanuelle l’antivierge (Francis Giacobetti, 1975)

JUNE 2014 IN FILM

I apologize again. These logs are boring, embarrassing and unsubstantial. Consistent with June 2013, this month consisted of a lot of unrecorded, unfinished media, opposite a handful a finished media (below). Unlike last year’s June, however, this month has an incredibly minimal amount of media consumed for my own pleasure. Time is less to blame than a head space I’m still in the process of figuring out. ‘Till next time.

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  6. IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? (Michel Gondry, 2013)
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Rewatched

Television

  1. ADVENTURE TIME. 5x16-17
  2. GRAVITY FALLS, 1x01: “Tourist Trapped” (2012)
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)

Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)

Waterhouse is thinking about cycles within cycles. He’s already made up his mind that human society is one of these cycles-within-cycles things* and now he’s trying to figure out whether it is like Turing’s bicycle (works fine for a while, then suddenly the chain falls off; hence the occasional world war) or like an Enigma machine (grinds away incomprehensibly for a long time, then suddenly the wheels line up like a slot machine and everything is made plain in some sort of global epiphany or, if you prefer, apocalypse) or just like a rotary airplane engine (runs and runs and runs; nothing special happens; it just makes a lot of noise). *He has no hard data to back this up; it just seems like a cool idea.
—Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon (1999)
Poster for Sion Sono’s upcoming Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Poster for Sion Sono’s upcoming Tokyo Tribe (2014)

The Midnight Swim (Sarah Adina Smith, 2014)

The Midnight Swim (Sarah Adina Smith, 2014)

ICYMI: Fantasia Announces a First Wave of Programming

Last week, the Montreal genre film festival I work for more or less 6 months out of the year, has announced its first wave of programming, and it includes personal favorites such as Lee Su-jin’s excellent Han-gong JuHwang Dong-hyeuk’s Miss Granny (my kryptonite), and the world premiere of a major discovery in Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim. New films from Hideo Nakata (Monsterz), Noboru Iguchi (Live), the Mo Brothers (Killers), the Spierig Brothers (Preservation), Mike Cahill (I Origins), Toshiaki Toyoda (Crows Explodeand…John McNaughton(!) have also been announced, alongside a special presentation of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxyand a prize to be given to Mamoru Oshii. 

Oh, and Linklater’s Boyhoodjust because. The full line-up goes live July 10th.

Planetary #21-27 (2004-2009) by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

Planetary #11-20 (2000-2004) by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

Planetary #1-10 (1999-2000) by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday