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Crowd was mad that the french film didn't win. I like batalla en el cielo.
So I just watched that for the first time and all I could think of is how similar the film is to Kim Ki-duk's Samaritan Girl. Both movies have protagonists undergoing some sort of inner transformation inspired by christian morality set against a Christian but morally indifferent society. Both characters are, as I understand them, driven by guilt. Kim's film is even more ruthless and more opinionated. Reygadas is mostly indifferent. I think I like his aesthetic stuff more. I'm generally against art overweighted by concepts, it at least has to have some sort of redeeming aesthetic qualities. And very generally I'm opposed to the intellectual artist who I see as a modern anomaly, though Reygadas bridges the two sides gracefully.
Watched Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. So there's this scene where a centuries old vampire is going through all the books she's packing for a trip to see her vampire husband. Among the texts are Endgame, Don Quixote, and then the camera shows Infinite Jest packed in the same suitcase and I lol'd and couldn't take the movie seriously anymore. Apparently in the bourgeois intellectual's wet dream, which is what the film really is, immortal vampire geniuses do nothing but accumulate cultural wealth, make rock n' roll music, live like bohemians, and despair over the human race; because those are the things culturally enlightened folks do. Tilda Swinton has really nice bone structure though, and there's a joke near the end about how Christopher Marlowe wrote all of Shakespeare's plays. Overall pretty disappointing.
Also Tilda Swinton wore a nice cream colored (?) jacket.
Edited by accordion - Today at 8:33 pm