6/30/2014

When Women Flirt with Women

So, you're a gay woman. You love women. You enjoy munching cupcakes. And rainbow is your favorite color. Oh yes. You love anything lesbian. However, you dread the obligatory viewing of the laborious The L Word and its evil offspring The Real L Word.

As a gay woman, you like flirting — just like any other human being, gay or straight. The L Word had a lot of flirting moments in it. But since the mere thought of the show's title bores you, why not check out these films?

In celebration of the LGBT Pride Month, allow me to present to you my five fave lesbian flirting moments in film.


BOUND



Sexy neo-noir thriller about two women who conspire to steal the mafia's money, while falling in love with each other in the process.

6/26/2014

Sex and Lucia... and the Island




SEX AND LUCIA
Julio Medem, 2001

"This really isn't an island. It's a giant lid. A floating piece of earth. Like a raft."
- Carlos

For someone who used to sneak at night to shoot films using his father's Super 8 camera, Sex and Lucia is an ambitious work. It is probably the pinnacle of Julio Medem's filmmaking career.

From the guy who turned down the opportunity to direct The Mask of Zorro comes Sex and Lucia, an emotionally intriguing — if not discombobulating — film. Medem uses nonlinear narrative to give an air of suspense and mystery to the characters. The film proves that you don't need to start from the start to effectively tell a story. "Because in the end, there's a hole to escape through. Back to the middle."

6/22/2014

Who I Think Sent/Made the Videotapes in "Caché"

Although I've said before that Caché's main plot is NOT about who the perpetrator/s of the videotapes is/are, I still like to give my two cents on who might be responsible for the tapes.

(WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead.)

I think these people are the...

(Seriously, you shouldn't read ahead if you still haven't seen the film.)

...these people are the ones that could be responsible for...

(You're still reading. Watch the film first.)




6/19/2014

A Hidden Place Called "Guilt"




CACHÉ
Michael Haneke, 2005

My films are intended as polemical statements against the American "barrel down" cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus.
- Michael Haneke

The other night I was contemplating on what film I should rewatch: The Exorcist or Caché. Le exorcist ou Caché. The overrated one or the underseen one. I wasn't really in the mood for something Hollywood, so I decided to ditch The Exorcist for Caché.

6/12/2014

What It Feels Like for a Woman




MAJORITÉ OPPRIMÉE
Eléonore Pourriat, 2010

Majorité opprimée shows a day in the life of Pierre (played by Pierre Bénézit, a young Gérard Depardieu look-alike). Pierre is a househusband in a seemingly parallel universe. He tends to his and his wife's son; Pierre basically does what every woman "should" do. Later in the film, he is verbally and physically assaulted by women.

6/09/2014

Aguirre, the Art of Immersion




AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
Werner Herzog, 1972

16th Century, South America — Don Lope de Aguirre (a sedate Klaus Kinski) leads a bunch of Spanish conquerors and Indian slaves in search of the (urban) legendary El Dorado, the city of gold. Although only second-in-command, Aguirre practically controls the people and the journey.

6/06/2014

Cinematography: The Fall

THE FALL (2006)
Director: Tarsem
Cinematographer: Colin Watkinson

"Tarsem's The Fall is a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms."
- Roger Ebert

No words, just pure awe.


Probably my most fave shot.

6/02/2014

My 20 Fave Moments in "Benji the Hunted"

(WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead.)

1. The title sequence, which is accompanied by Guy Hovis' heartfelt Too Many Yesterdays.




2. Benji waking up the morning after getting ashore./Benji yawning.
3. Benji trying to save the doomed cougar.
4. The stalkerish-up-on-a-tree shot of Benji walking after witnessing the death of the cougar.

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