Tag Archives: Godard

March 01

Le Weekend – Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi bring back a little Godard. (Film Review)

Sometimes there is a thinness in who we purport to be. The post modern relief for anxiety is meant to be the project, our work, our relationship, our children, the stuff of life that we build are meant to give us meaning, not just occupy our time until we die, but one of the agonising […]

January 07

Museum Hours – Jem Cohen’s masterpiece. (Film Review)

Our relationship to art in all its forms, but particularly visual, is contextualised by the political, economic, social and cultural factors that surround it and inform our appreciation, and yet art retains the ability to mean whatever those contexts need, as well as defy the great impositions of the technological age. Reprints can’t replace the experience […]

April 16

Water Drops on Burning Rocks – Ozon uses Fassbinder to get steamy. (film review)

And steamy it is. This is one of Ozon’s sexiest films with its ambiguous sexuality and its themes of submission and domination. Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a Fassbinder play, written when he was as nineteen years old as Franz (a pseudonym Fassbinder used many times throughout his career) is in the Ozon film. […]

March 24

Katzelmacher – Fassbinder makes his first “bourgeois” film. (film review)

When Fassbinder called Katzelmacher his frist “bourgeois” film (it was made in August 1969 over nine days and is his second feature ever made) word has it he called it that because it is a film conceived against real life rather than other films. The first film he made, Love is Colder than Death (a […]

January 28

Le Gai Savoir – Godard teaches while we experience the Joy of Learning. (film review)

And not of the fear of dying – I have always been reconciled to that – but of this expanse in front of me, on all sides, like a forgotten path. Terrified to find myself in front of a mirror without any images.  To feel the shadow on an absent being detached from me. Engaged […]

January 22

2 or 3 Things I know about her – Jean Luc Godard whispers meaningfully. (Film Review)

The above scene is easily one of the greatest in the history of cinema. It is Godard’s beautiful lament as his character stares into the cup of coffee that looks like the active universe that gives this scene its power.  Godard whispers: “But since social relations are always ambiguous, since thought divides as much as […]

January 07

Permanent Vacation – Jim Jarmusch starts his journey of cool. (film Review)

“You know, sometimes I just think I should live fast and die young, and go in a three-piece suit like Charlie Parker. Not bad, huh?” Probably the most arresting thing about Permanent Vaction (besides the ambition behind this first feature by Jim Jarmusch) are the opening images of an empty New York City. They reminded […]

The American Soldier – Fassbinder does Godard

It can be difficult with Fassbinder films over and over again. I’ve said on this blog in the past that he is one of my favourite directors and yet I can only take him in certain doses. If I were locked on an island with nothing but a screen and Godard films I’d think I’d […]

Pierrot le Fou – Godard and the ecstasy of words.

One of the lines in Pierrot le Fou (Pierre the fool or Crazy Pete) is a quote or at least an echo from Rimbaud, Une Saison en enfer – A season in hell. This is one of many art references in this film, but possibly sums up this intense period of film making for Godard. […]

Announcing: The Lisa Thatcher Newsletter

A warm and very friendly greeting to all the lovely folk that pop in and read this blog. I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your visits. I feel very encouraged by the strength of your response.  The blog has now hit the “regular” 100,000 visits a month club […]