If you don't like it, you call it old - if you like it, you call it vintage

My blog, my public diary: Here is a list of movies I saw this year at the local filmfest and my level of enjoyment of each.

Closet Monster
by Stephen Dunn | Canada | 2015
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Oscar has an enjoyable childhood – until his parents separate and he witnesses an assault on a gay fellow student. Years later, Oscar still has a hard time with his own sexuality, fleeing into his own dream worlds – falling in love with handsome Wilder at work. In his directing debut, Stephen Dunn combines dream and reality in an eclectic mix, featuring Isabella Rossellini as the voice of Oscar’s talking hamster Buffy. Premiered in Toronto, where it took Best Canadian Film.

by Kleber Mendonça Filho | Brazil, France | 2016
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Clara (magnificent: Sônia Braga) has lived in the “Aquarius” for years, an upscale 1940s condo in Recife. By now, she’s the last resident: All the other apartments have been bought up by a real estate developer, only Clara refuses to leave the place where she spent her life. This is the place she survived breast cancer and the whole tumultuous history of her country. She wants to avoid being expelled from her memories of affairs, relationships and loss. But she hasn’t counted on the developers’ criminal energy and the corruption of city hall.

by Bentley Dean & Martin Butler | Australia, Vanuatu | 2015
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TANNA is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

Blood Of My Blood
by Marco Bellocchio | France, Italy, Switzerland | 2015
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A monastery in Norther Italian town of Bobbio (where director Marco Bellocchio was born) at the time of the inquisition: A soldier comes to find out why his twin brother took his life. It seems he had relations with a nun they claim is possessed by the devil. The present day: A Russian oligarch wants to buy the property of the monastery to build a luxury hotel on. But he doesn’t realize the present owner is a vampire… Marco Bellocchio’s latest film is a surreal, hypnotic and unique combination of music and imagery, which won the FIPRESCI Award at Venice last year.

Music for 2016 | Part II

We already reached half of the year and my best of list is still lacking. But here are a few nice recommendations released in the last couple of months.

The Hope Six Demolition Project
by PJ Harvey
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"Harvey went out into the world and here reports her encounters in abrasively straightforward fashion. Some might deem the lack of personal perspective an oversight. Yet in keeping herself at one remove, Harvey lets the inner truth of her experiences shine more brightly. To spend time with this record is to peer over her shoulder as she casts aside the familiar and embraces the strange and unknowable. It is, by those standards, an exhilarating affair – a political album whose most daring gesture is its refusal to evangelise or furnish easy comforts." — Ed Power, The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ The Wheel

by Anohni
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"Protest songs tend unwittingly to have a kernel of optimism that blunts their critique, regardless of how shrill, eloquent, or concerned their singers are: As bad as things may be, protest is directed at some exterior target, therefore preserving one’s own moral clarity as a virtue and source of redemption. Not so with Hopelessness. The nature of the evil that haunts the album (and, arguably, the planet) is universal, shared, and dyed in our wool as humans rather than a flaw in any particular individual. If these days are apocalyptic, it would be false solace to believe we’ll face judgment one by one." — Antichristian, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Drone Bomb Me (Yes, it's Naomi Campbell.)

by Julianna Barwick
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"The voice may be the original instrument, as the groundbreaking experimental singer Joan La Barbara put it, but in Julianna Barwick's music, the voice itself isn't necessarily a point of origin. Layering and looping her often-wordless singing into hypnotic and otherworldly configurations, she enters her songs as though slipping into a stream. The music, she seems to say, precedes us, and it will outlast us; we don't so much carry songs as allow ourselves to be carried along by them, swept up in their current for a little while." — Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Nebula

See also: Part I

Another time

Designer and illustrator Peter Stults reimagines modern cinema for a different era in his series of "what if" movie posters.

Each man kills the thing he loves

“Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
Some kill their love when they are young,
And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife, because
The dead so soon grow cold.
Some love too little, some too long,
Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
And some without a sigh:
For each man kills the thing he loves,
Yet each man does not die.”

— Oscar Wilde

Music for 2016 | Part I

After many (two) complaints I decided to bring back this feature. It's just that with time my filters have become denser and very little new music ends up on my final collection. Plus I still haven't found a passion for writing. But here are some records I've been checking out lately. (I'm also including a "Anspieltipp" from now on, a recommended track. But the german word is just spot-on.)

Salve Discordia
by Triángulo de Amor Bizarro
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It was obviously the band name, a reference to the New Order song Bizarre Love Triangle, that drew initially my attention. Soundwise however they are closer to noise pop à la Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. But don't get put off by the word noise: the sound on this record ranges from catchy pop rock tunes to more spacier and dreamier bits. I just enjoyed this a lot more than what their fellow countrywoman from Hinds did on their debut.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Seguidores

Songs for our Mothers
by Fat White Family
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Who's the whitest boy on the beach? Although their second album is a bit of a let down (probably due to excessive drug abuse by the band members) I'm still going to overrate it, that's how much I like them. The opening track is just amazing and the record finishes eloquently with a love letter dedicated to Goebbels. No, it's meant to be ironic. Controversial, I know. But nothing else should be expected from these crazy bastards.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Whitest Boy on the Beach

by Oranssi Pazuzu
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And if you prefer something heavier, this is what I got for you. It's a very interesting blend of psychedelia and black metal. It's quite the trip: groovy and spooky, filled with wailing synths and menacing riffs. Certainly worth a spin.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Hypnotisoitu Viharukous

Ugh, that was hard. I still can't help but cringe every time I read something written by myself... Anyway, in the meantime I will also catch up with some new releases.

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