SUPER 8 CHICAGO 8PM
A survey of small gauge films from Chicagoans past and present opens our first annual Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival. This show includes work spanning four decades of local filmmakers, from the old guard to current residents. Filmmakers in attendance include Adele…
Bill Morrison - Light Is Calling (2004)
Beautiful and devastating.
Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang, 1993)
Saw this early gem at the Siskel this evening. Blown-out fluorescent Taipei, rainy streets and motorbikes, and that roller rink! Reminded me of Wong Kar Wai’s As Tears Go By but with the long takes and Tsai’s sneaky bits of subtle humor.
The only Tsai Ming-liang film I’d seen prior was 2009’s esoteric Visage, which left me spellbound and speechless. The nouvelle-vague-homage featured direct nods to his early work. Lee Kang-sheng, the student spying on the band of outsiders, appears as the director character in 2009’s film (as well as many other of Tsai’s work). Also the flooding kitchen reoccurs, a device I was delighted to see repeated. I wish they’d put Visage on netflix, but alas…
Rebels reaffirmed my love for Tsai Ming-liang, I definitely need to watch the rest of his films (and finally stop getting him confused with Hou Hsiao-hsien)
The editing in this movie is bonkers. Some have said they find it extremely irritating, but it didn’t bother me so much. I personally liked the film, though the editing was a crutch for the storyline. That being said, having a more complex storyline would have been very difficult to follow if paired with the same editing techniques.
The Tracey Fragments, (McDonald, 2007)
Editors: Jeremiah Munce and Gareth C. Scales
Kelly Reichardt’s film ODE (1999) showed tonight at the Nightingale to kick off the fall screenings and White Light Cinema’s season as well. Introduced by Elena Gorfinkel, the featurette was a beautifully simple yet cohesive piece of Reichardt’s catalogue. Shot entirely in super8, it’s dreamy compositions and quivering handheld were the stuffs failed teenage romances were made of.
Bonus: Yo La Tengo sang the song of teenage wonderland?purgatory for the film, a cover of Sun Ra’s Dreaming (warning: fanvid)