24 février 2014


She walks in Beauty, like the night
 Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
 Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
 Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
 Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
 Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
 How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
 So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
 But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
 A heart whose love is innocent!

14 février 2014

vincit qui patitur / amor vincit omnia



Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
     If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


14 janvier 2014

Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

One of my favorite annual events, the publication of the Notebook’s year-end Fantasy Double Features poll. One of my favorite things to write, and read. I wrote a small piece I’m very proud of, which I’m happy to have published in such incredible company.

02 janvier 2014


I gave up the cinema in 2013, despite all contrary appearances. I don't have much to publicly say about this change of commitment that isn't buried beneath my forthcoming contribution to the Mubi year-end poll, but I do still without reservation present a non-chronological list of my year in cinema, in rough order of preference.

My definitions of cinema continue to change, and this year I felt more connected to short-form and internet content than ever before, and less inclined to consider television as 'cinema' except where the work in question was originally otherwise 'cinematic' according to my definitional instincts.

May this list offer you hints and gifts and reflections for your own journey through the world, and through the world of moving images.

[Untitled] (David McDougall, 2010)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)
The Three Disasters (Jean-Luc Godard, 2013)
From Greece (Peter Nestler, 1966)
A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2009)
Lola (Jacques Demy, 1961)
Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (Benjamin Christensen, 1922; original score by Demdike Stare, 2013)
The Blackbird (Tod Browning, 1926)
Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)
Up The Danube (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, 1981)
d kat (Adam Cook, 2013)
Chile Film (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, [1974])
he didn't call his painting anything (Alexandre Galmard, 2013)
Joan of Paris (Robert Stevenson, 1942)
Black Roots (Lionel Rogosin, 1970)
Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, 1944)
Die Judengasse (Peter Nestler, 1988)
How to Make Glass Manually (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, 1970)
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Present (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, 2013)
Ödenwaldstetten (Peter Nestler, 1964)
Semi-Auto Colours (Isiah Medina, 2010)
Cassini Mission (Chris Abbas, 2012)
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images (Eric Baudelaire, 2011)
Comrade X (King Vidor, 1940)
Mouse vs. Cookie (Pavel Golovkov, 2013)
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
Joe Biden - Return of the Mack ('DangerGuerrero', 2013)
Pachamama - Our Land (Peter Nestler, 1995)
Ellie Lumme (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, 2013)
Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan, 1952)
Louis C.K.: Oh My God (Louis C.K., 2013)
Why bring a child into this world? (Unilever, 2013)
Bhowani Junction (George Cukor, 1956)
(∃u) [u ≤ f and u ≤ m] (Isiah Medina, 2013)
My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burnett, 1983)
Declaration of War (Dustin Guy Defa, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Apitchapong Weerasethakul (Apitchapong Weerasethakul, 2013)
everything is embarrassing (Kurt Walker, 2013)
Forever Young (Adam Cook, 2013)

Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Jia Zhang-ke (Jia Zhang-ke, 2013)
Empire (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
[Thai Life Insurance commercial] (2010?)
[Thai Leukemia commercial] (2010?)
How easy it is to forget... (2012)
That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda, 1941)
The Loves of Pharaoh (Ernst Lubitsch, 1922)
Socrates (Roberto Rossellini, 1971)
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, 2013)
Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008)
The Glass Slipper (Jarrod Whaley, 2011)
The Man Phoning Mum (John Smith, 2011)
Fear (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
Happy Anniversary (Jean-Claude Carrière & Pierre Étaix, 1962)
The Circle (Frank Borzage, 1925)
Hackney Marshes (TV version) (John Smith, 1978)
The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith, 1976)
Incendiary Cinema (Ken Jacobs, 2005)
The Art of Vision (Stan Brakhage, 1965)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Celina Murga (Celina Murga, 2013)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012)
Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, 2012)
Dolce&Gabbana The One: "Street of Dreams" (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
Rupture (Pierre Étaix, 1961)
Iron Man 3 (Shane Black, 2013)
Poppy Fields Forever (John Warren, 2012)
Black Gold (Phil Karlson, 1947)
Life Is But A Dream (Ed Burke & Beyoncé Knowles, 2013)
The Sixth Year, Episode 3 (Alex Ross Perry, 2013)
B. waiting outside of a school (Isiah Medina, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Pablo Larraín (Pablo Larraín, 2013)
Illegible Object, Omni-Ordering Eye (Venkatesh Rao, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Isabel Coixet (Isabel Coixet, 2013)
Hell Is Other People (Jarrod Whaley, 2009)
My last minute (Leos Carax, 2006)
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010)
Phil Spector (David Mamet, 2013)
The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Wrath of the Titans (Jonathan Liebesman, 2012)