The brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière were two of the earliest and most influential film directors. La Charcuterie Méchanique (1895), considered one of the earliest “sc-fi” films of all time, predicts the mechanical butcher. A rather simple machine “transforms” a pig into Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: La Charcuterie Méchanique (The Mechanical Butcher), Auguste and Louis Lumière (1895)
The French director Georges Méliès (1861-1938) is rightly famous for his innovative use of special effects. He’s credited with inventing time-lapse photography, multiple exposures, stop-trick, and dissolves. I’ve selected two outrageously fun short films of his. He’s most famous for the sci-fi classic Voyage to the Moon, but any cinema lover will enjoy these two pieces of cinematic history.
Le Diable Noir (1905)
Continue reading Two (Short) Film Ruminations: Le Diable Noir (1905), Un Homme de Têtes (1898), Georges Méliès
The summer of learning how to read German (all of my language requirements FINISHED), science fiction books, medieval history, and films — 49 films total. There wasn’t much else to do — my fellow Continue reading Update: Top Three Movies of my summer
8/10 (Very Good — read the friendly warnings before you embark….)
We enter, from the street, a sprawling house occupied by a single long-winded art collector of dubious authority and his proliferation of mannequins and silent helpers Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Raoul Ruiz (1979)
Where to start? At one time in my life I hid from the words “palimpsest”, “city”, “meditation”, and even, “experimental.” Then I watched Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, read some Borges, Continue reading A Film Rumination: My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin (2007)