Thursday, May 26, 2005
Video Orgy

I have cast my immediate fate to the wind for the moment and have declared the next few days at least to be my official summer vacation. I've been spinning my wheels since I got back, not accomplishing much in the process, and to be honest my heart's just not in it yet. I haven't had a good slack-fest in months, so I'm taking one now. Just a short one. Unless something comes up.

Anyway, in preparation for a few days of sitting around aggressively doing fuck-all, I stocked up on magazines and DVDs. I went to Black Lodge and had a look around -- my god, there's so much I've missed, so many films I desperately want to see, and so few hours in the day...

I have decided -- not without hesitance-- to tackle one of the big works of the Russian cinema: Tarkvosky's Andrei Rublev. Russian film is most often as dense and ponderous as Russian literature, and Tarkovsky is the king of the slow-moving Russian epic. And this is the full version I've got here, capping off at a staggering 205 minutes... that's like a LOTR extended edition except without all the action or adventure or romance or other exciting stuff. I've never actually made it all the way through a Tarkovsky film -- they're so boring you can almost hear major organs start to shut down in protest about halfway in -- but people keep telling me that if you just stick with it long enough, you break through the ennui-barrier and something cool happens. A car chase? Explosions? Radioactive monsters? Graphic sex? These all seem doubtful... probably just a shift in perception or something. I am ostensibly professionally trained to be up to this kind of cinematic challenge, though, so I'll feel like a loser if I can't get through it even without the sex and violence. But still, 205 minutes is a long time for nothing to happen. Anyway, once I get my nerve up to actually watch it, I'll let you know how it turns out. (Watch for my upcoming review of Andrei Rublev with spoilers!) (Seriously, though, it's said to be absolutely amazing.)

Apart from that I also picked up a little Godard, Kurosawa's Yume (Dreams), and Mike Leigh's Naked. I still insist that Naked is Leigh's absolute best, which makes it that much more of a shame that you can't find it easily in the United States. So a pretty heavy bunch of stuff all things considered... and there I meant to get something light and diverting. Oh well.
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