March 15th, 2012 / 8:01 am
Film & Roundup

Cinema x 3: Melancholia, The Tree of Life, Feature Friday


You no doubt read Greg Gerke’s deeply critical post about Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Curtis White has now posted his own much more positive impressions of the film. I’ve tried convincing the two of them to go at it like me and Chris Higgs—I even introduced them during AWP—but they’re being too polite. Chime in in the comments section, demanding blood!


Martin Seay is currently posting a series on Tree of Life; the first part went up yesterday, and part 2 is supposedly forthcoming today. (Meanwhile, don’t miss Martin’s meditations on Anonymous.)

(My own thoughts on Tree are here. I have nothing to say about Anonymous.)


Every Friday at Big Other, I’m posting links to feature-length films that are up at YouTube. And I’m doing it for you!

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  1. A D Jameson

      Part 2 of Martin’s Tree of Life series is indeed up, here.

  2. Anonymous

      cool. like the movie posts. on a completely unrelated note, i just watched some romanian short films (marilena from p7, a trip to the city) and i was wondering if anyone else is as big a sucker as i am for the newer stuff coming from there. also, a hot button issue i’ve been thinking about: is watching pirated movies on a shitty laptop considered cinema sacrilege?

  3. Matt Rowan

      Don’t think I haven’t noticed the dearth of “Project X” talk around here, Jameson! What are you afraid of, huh? What? Are? You? Afraid? Of? 

      …your mind being blown?

  4. A D Jameson

       You haven’t invited me to go see it yet.

      Do you want to see Chronicle? Is that still in theaters?

  5. A D Jameson

       Hi franklloydwong,

      I don’t know much about the New Romanian Cinema myself. They’re among the current movies I’ve been missing. But as for watching pirated movies on a shitty laptop, I’m all for it! I myself don’t care much at all about video quality. Some people are surprised to hear that, but the way I look at it is, it’s just a copy, and not equivalent to an actual film print, so who cares what it looks like? Of course though at some point it can be so different that it’s a totally different experience.

      I keep track of every movie I see, and I note the conditions I see them under. And I have separate lists of the films I’ve seen only on video, and those I’ve seen projected. FWIW. Probably I’m just anal and obsessed with recording data in Excel spread sheets.


  6. Matt Rowan

      I don’t think I’ll see “Project X” — I fear it may lead me to throw the greatest and most arrest-worthy party of all time. I’m very impressionable. I would be curious to see what they did with “Chronicle” though. I have no idea if it’s still in theaters but I’d like to see that one. Just to know its deal. 

  7. M. Kitchell

      i saw Chronicle when i was in St Louis– it was satisfying, albeit nowhere near brilliant (i still think Cloverfield wins in terms of the sort of aesthetic structure it takes)

  8. Anonymous