Joanna Hogg, painterly, modernist Brit filmmaker utilizing static frames, uneasy vibes

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I know schlump has seen and admired (possibly all three of) her films. I saw Exhibition last night and was fairly riveted for reasons I can't quite nail down. Her oeuvre is running at Linc Ctr in NY thru Thursday. Links:

http://www.fandor.com/keyframe/daily-joanna-hogg-filmlinc

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 June 2014 19:06 (four years ago) Permalink

the one set in tuscany is alright
the dvd looks like shit though and its not the sort of film-language that rewards looking like something filmed on an iphone 3g

Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (nakhchivan), Monday, 30 June 2014 19:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Exhibition looks better than that. Also, stars a Slit.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 June 2014 21:02 (four years ago) Permalink

and obviously, Tom Hiddleston rowrrrr

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 July 2014 16:25 (four years ago) Permalink

I watched Archipelago purely off the back of this thread and slightly expecting (from the trailer) a pretty standard portrayal of the quiddities (TM) of middle class English manners. I was absolutely blown away and also, like Morbs, "riveted for reasons I can't quite nail down". Absolutely singular and exciting. I found it strangely beautiful and slightly upsetting. I cannot shake it. It's like TS Eliot's A Cooking Egg in cinematic form.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 7 July 2014 22:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Where are the eagles and the trumpets?

Buried beneath some snow-deep Alps.
Over buttered scones and crumpets
Weeping, weeping multitudes
Droop in a hundred A.B.C.'s

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 7 July 2014 22:35 (four years ago) Permalink

i kept thinking of tarkovsky as well. of course it's a different register but there's something tarkovskyan there, no? certainly more than haneke which similarity several reviews have trumpeted. it seems off the mark to me and i'm a haneke fan.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 00:36 (four years ago) Permalink

similarly off the mark: the mike leigh references in the reviews.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 00:38 (four years ago) Permalink

i mean obviously i understand the mike leigh references but they're not right.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 00:44 (four years ago) Permalink

can't really get into this thread yet, & waiting for exhibition to show here, but i think the value to a mike leigh comparison would just be in hogg effectively translating class to screen, presenting the dynamics of it, mostly implicitly, with exactitude. everybody i know who saw archipelago had the exact same experience as jed, above; there was an ad for it on the back of S&S, tim hiddleston's face seeming to promise a particular kind of respectful & tepid bourgie drama, & just nothing prepares you for the sharpness. like the most innocuous exchanges occur & uncover voids.

its not the sort of film-language that rewards looking like something filmed on an iphone 3g

don't totally follow this, but i am convinced that some of what was uncanny, in archipelago at least, was the verisimilitude of just drably, digitally shot interiors, bland beige hallway carpeting, holiday home flatness.

schlump, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 01:00 (four years ago) Permalink

caught Archipelago entirely by accident on TV a few months back and was sucked right in. also thought at first that it was "about" class but there's something more interesting happening, Hogg doesn't seem interested in the kind of skewering of caricatures that Mike Leigh often goes for

Daphnis Celesta, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 05:50 (four years ago) Permalink

the one set in tuscany is alright
the dvd looks like shit though and its not the sort of film-language that rewards looking like something filmed on an iphone 3g

― Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (nakhchivan), Monday, June 30, 2014 3:36 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea i watched this one, p good. idk jack abt cameras but i think she said it was filmed on a sony zed1 that pixelates often when panning

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 02:47 (four years ago) Permalink

She is also part of this collective:

http://www.anosamours.co.uk/

Know of it because they have been putting a season of Chantal Akerman films. I didn't join the dots so wasn't aware she was presenting these..

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:48 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm glad i didn't watch Unrelated first or I wouldn't have gone any further. i thought it was horrible - exactly the film i'd feared Archipelago would be - full of vile supercilious but underdeveloped/weak characters and pretty bog standard visually and narratively.

maybe Exhibition is even better than Archipelago then? i hope so.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:01 (four years ago) Permalink

hm, see i thought esp for her first film there was a lot to like. shes def cognizant of like ozu & rohmer, particularly w/ the narrative and the scenes that resemble elipses. idk that usu strikes me as p honest & tying in well w/ the flat visuals and minimization of edits, cuts, soundtrack, etc etc;

it actually reminded me of reygadas too, but w/o a spiritual or mysticism element

def piqued to check out the other 2

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:05 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

wow!

schlump, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:47 (four years ago) Permalink

SO this was wonderful, huh.
nice to be able to skip back & read everybody grasping at the same thing, too, above; perhaps the thing that makes me feel hogg is so major, isn't out-of-place mentioned alongside the other few most interesting directors working now, is that she's definitely taking new, unfamiliar, non-literal routes to somewhere strangely beautiful and slightly upsetting. finding comparisons is hard but i'm reminded in sensation, if not at all really in content, of the circuitousness of what you see vs what you get in some of denis' films; that we're only seeing people dance but that it connects with something much larger, that it's her way of revealing people. & i think the naturalism here is so revealing, the conversations almost like the tips of icebergs, this maybe the sense in which the films recall haneke, the twin strains of conversation differing according to what's being said & just the mood of the room, the miscommunication felt. it also feels so incredibly luxurious to be afforded so much space, in this, to think, & interpret, what we're shown feeling really judiciously regulated and allowed to just nebulously vibrate against other scenes. did she fall asleep with the shoes still on, & did he see, & is this why he was upset locked in his office, & was there a conversation we didn't have access to? or, just: no; maybe she didn't. we're always having to really watch. & the film really does seem to have a thesis, i think - there's something suffocating and destructive about their organisation, that sex happens so lifelessly & suffers from the space it has been allotted; that the intercom so inelegantly addresses its intended broader function - but this isn't neatly delineated. i think the shots of botanical life existing distinctly outside the apartment were as concrete as it got in positing some actual, direct contrast between urbanity & something more natural, but they felt very open to other perspectives at the same time, another part of the precise fabric of the film.

double bill w/the strange little cat, i think; echoes.

schlump, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Loved Exhibition.

Missed the others; wanted to see the Tuscan one, but not for vastly different reasons than I wanted to see The Trip to Italy, which probably better fulfilled my vicarious desires.

benbbag, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

all 3 are on netflix instant now btw

johnny crunch, Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:11 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This thread, and John Waters' Top Ten of 2014, prompted me to watch Archipelago last night. Some of it was painful watching because it so exactly captured moments of British social awkwardness and embarrassment, the restaurant scene in particular - I've been in very similar situations to the hired cook when she's a captive witness to middle class bad behaviour and emotional warfare conducted under cover of good manners and good taste. I also loved the way that Hogg incorporated non-actors with the cast, particularly the painter, whose speech to Hiddleston near the end about creativity was beautiful and inspiring.

Because I've watched quite a lot of Rohmer films recently, I could definitely see the similarities to his work (Ozu not so much), though the comedy in Archipelago is even drier (but still there). At the same time, I thought the film lacked Rohmer's mastery of narrative arrangement and manipulation; while I appreciated Hogg's reticence (especially in the romantic-not romantic encounter between Hiddleston and the cook in the kitchen when he re-arranges the poppy on her shirt), I kind've wanted a little more in the way of story, development, resolution. While I understood the strategy of witholding off-screen characters (the husband, the girlfriend), at times the film seemed to promise moments of conflict and drama that never actually arrived, which felt slightly frustrating (though I'm sure that was the intention.)

Shall definitely see her other films, now.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 08:46 (four years ago) Permalink

They're all on disc in the US now for dinosaurs like me.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 12:36 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

watched Archipelago last night... immaculate in its way, but a little freeze-dried over the nearly 2 hours? I really couldn't pinpoint the sources of this family's angst beyond a seeming gulf between the parents.

Also Tom Hiddleston and the cook needed to ball at some point.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:02 (four years ago) Permalink

(btw i was also fatigued in the extreme last night so i may have been a less than ideal viewer)

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:03 (four years ago) Permalink

yea id agree, its tone and composition is nice but the character depth is a little lacking; unrelated is her best imo

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Should have that next week

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:14 (four years ago) Permalink

archipelago is a far better and more acute film, the lack of any diegetically obvious rationale for the sister's suppressed rage is exactly the idea that lends a bit of dread and cold blood to it

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:20 (four years ago) Permalink

exhibition goes a bit further with the subtraction, it's a slightly different film language to archipelago and the shift to very pristine hd and more ambiguous lines in interior spaces helps that; she is quite clear about wishing to introduce nonlinearity and dreamlife in one of her interviews (her next film is going to be a period piece set in the 80s)

archipelago is more concerned with disquieted despair, the formal probity of english bourgeois families and the threat within, on these terms it is verging toward greatness; exhibition is more particular in the setting (and the context of housing capital appreciation), the normative bourgeois family form is shifted so there is maybe some more opportunity for escape, although it is admirably unclear about much that works

she gets compared to a lot of people she only tangentially resembles which is a sign of doing something interesting, tempted to suggest assayas thematically in terms of someone plainly curious about the same classes (generic bourgeois / artworld) and lanthimos' dogtooth in terms of threatening dislocated interiors, although clearly a much more abstract sort of horror involved than that

not seeing a lot of deference to the grander predecessors which is welcome (maybe akerman a bit?), as much as she clearly has spent her time with them; rather wish NRQ was still here ready to pour a bit of cold water on all the warm notices given to this rara avis of blighty's film scene

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 19:03 (four years ago) Permalink

nonlinearity and dreamlife in one of her interviews (her next film is going to be a period piece set in the 80s)

That is a v Akerman-like move, at least as far as introducing 'dreamlife', which is what she did in her 80s musicals.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 20:19 (four years ago) Permalink

just saw exhibition

it was very great & utterly beautiful

i've been in lots of kensington houses in my capacities as a tutor & many do indeed feel exhibited, perhaps uncomfortably so. this felt like a crystallisation of (and a slightly weird expansion upon) a sort of slightly repressed, slightly exhibitionistic london affluence

pro war Toby Keith songs would rub you the wrong way (imago), Friday, 6 February 2015 23:24 (four years ago) Permalink

nice
thought you would like it

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Friday, 6 February 2015 23:31 (four years ago) Permalink

hesitant to mention this on account of just how it sounds, but: i remember reading an interview with jim jarmusch, from forever ago, where he was asked whether he thought you needed to actually be american to fully comprehend and read cassavetes' films, jarmusch agreeing, that they're just so steeped in micro-dynamic class baggage, playing with behaviours & archetypes that there's a whole language being spoken that other viewers might miss. &, just re:

I really couldn't pinpoint the sources of this family's angst beyond a seeming gulf between the parents.

i remember talking to friends after seeing archipelago about the precision of the discomfort it elicited in me; someone mentioning the scene where they change tables, me just with this dull sense memory recollection of the scenes rendering heavy uncommunicative gulfs between agreeable relatives, it's been forever but say in the scenes with the painter, so redolent of how the air feels in those rooms, those exchanges. angst is just the right word; there's such a resistant force below the surface, too low a frequency to really distinctly identiy, just dragging everyone down, maybe something to do with responsibility or dissatisfaction. i know sober familial events aren't exclusively a british thing but i wonder if the actual dynamics of the mood of the film had a different gravity for people who grew up in the uk.

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Saturday, 7 February 2015 01:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I really couldn't pinpoint the sources of this family's angst beyond a seeming gulf between the parents.

Did you notice the song over the credits? Written by Hogg and sung by the actress who plays the sister, it's about the sister's love for her brother, how he's braver than she is, how she admires him for it. It helps explain her anger in terms of jealousy, maybe?

Thought Exhibition operated like a slow-motion farce, with a Tati-like appreciation of the silliness of their separation + deep affection for the architecture that separates them.

I watched both of these because of this thread, by the way. She's my favorite new discovery!

Cherish, Saturday, 7 February 2015 02:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Great & surely intentional detail of Exhibition: both principal actors were in their first film acting role ever, both approaching 60

pro war Toby Keith songs would rub you the wrong way (imago), Saturday, 7 February 2015 17:56 (four years ago) Permalink

not all that intentional

The budget was less than £1m – her biggest yet. She secured the house for six weeks. But she still had no leading actors.

Panicked, she phoned Viv Albertine for ideas. Still best known as the guitarist in fabled all-girl punk band the Slits, she and Hogg had been friends since 1984. After quitting music, she too made films. Now, she suggested names.

"It was only when I hung up," Hogg says, "that Nick said 'What about Viv?'" She called straight back.

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Liam Gillick was only in his late 40s. He's 50 now. Viv Albertine looks really amazing for her age though.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:01 (four years ago) Permalink

that song was written by Hogg and Viv Albertine, i think? i did notice it. xxxp

rewatched Exhibition; liked the way her 'codependency' w/ the house was explicit w/out ever being diagnosed. V.A. (the ex-Slit) is this year's Mary Margaret O'Hara.

i would agree that Archipelago seems more inherently, inescapably British.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:02 (four years ago) Permalink

MMO'H was astonishing in Museum Hours. Imago should see that if he hasn't.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:07 (four years ago) Permalink

I liked Archipelago a lot, thought Unrelated was not good. Exhibition was interesting but didn't really hang together for me. I really liked the scene where Liam G has an argument with the builder who was parked in front of his house.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:14 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Nahkchivan, did you see Museum Hours?

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:20 (four years ago) Permalink

no i just wikid it after you mentioned it, i was only vaguely aware of it

how much of it is in german? if its only a small bit i might try muddling through sans subtitles with my gcse german

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:23 (four years ago) Permalink

hardly any of it. it's probably my favourite film of the past few years.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:27 (four years ago) Permalink

cool, i shall watch it

anima corrective (nakhchivan), Saturday, 7 February 2015 18:29 (four years ago) Permalink

i started watching exhibition last night but i had to watch on my computer because maria wouldn't stop playing her zombie game. gonna watch the whole thing tonight or soon on the t.v. i really liked the ambient sounds from the street in the scenes where she is alone in her office room. i also like how the use of silence is completely different from the use of silence in that stray dogs movie i've been watching all week. silence is never the same! i do like seeing movies that remind me of why i like movies. or why i liked movies in the past. it's encouraging.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 February 2015 19:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Joannna: painterly, modernish, Brit

contenderizer, Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:18 (four years ago) Permalink

you shd watch exhibition!

archipelago to follow soon

pro war Toby Keith songs would rub you the wrong way (imago), Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:32 (four years ago) Permalink

been dragging my heels on hogg catchup since ward bumped this thread in early december. what should i start with?

contenderizer, Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:35 (four years ago) Permalink

nakhers stanned for the last two. reverse chronological order seems as good as any order tbh

will watch museum hours too, ty for the recommendation

pro war Toby Keith songs would rub you the wrong way (imago), Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:37 (four years ago) Permalink

reverse chronological order

― pro war Toby Keith songs would rub you the wrong way (imago), Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:37 (14 minutes ago)

nakhchivan, Sunday, 8 February 2015 02:52 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah there are all kinds of Brit cinema no matter what Eric H sez

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Nahkchivan, did you see Museum Hours?

― Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, February 7, 2015 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Was this based on Bernhard's Old Masters?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Or not based...as its from the pov of the guard but some googling says no although this rev mentions both.

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/museum-hours

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes, watch it!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:29 (four years ago) Permalink

There are lots of things in Hogg's style that connect her to earlier British avant-garde filmmakers like Laura Mulvey and Sally Potter, without even addressing the distinctly British concerns - class, social hierarchy - that are embedded in the films themselves.

― sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:49 (12 hours ago

quite

saw museum hours the other day, very good

no love deb weep (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:41 (four years ago) Permalink

That slant review is excellent. And I'm interested in reading that Bernhard too.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:47 (four years ago) Permalink

i think the non-sex scene in exhibition might be the greatest non-sex scene i've ever seen in a movie. hilarious/horrible is so hard to pull off.

scott seward, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:11 (four years ago) Permalink

also, i think that house should have been nominated for a best supporting actor oscar.

scott seward, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:15 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^^

vacuum head tree disease (imago), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:35 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, i'd like to swing by there on a visit

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:41 (four years ago) Permalink

That house gave great stair!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:25 (four years ago) Permalink

has anyone feigned illness at dinner parties after seeing this?

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:27 (four years ago) Permalink

The snot/snob sister in Archipelago is my favorite recently viewed movie villain.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:28 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, i'd like to swing by there on a visit

unfortunately, it's now a sainsbury's local

describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:32 (four years ago) Permalink

lol

vacuum head tree disease (imago), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:33 (four years ago) Permalink

sequel imo

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Thursday, 26 February 2015 01:02 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

fuck me, archipelago might be even better

vacuum head tree disease (imago), Sunday, 15 March 2015 02:30 (four years ago) Permalink

There are lots of things in Hogg's style that connect her to earlier British avant-garde filmmakers like Laura Mulvey and Sally Potter, without even addressing the distinctly British concerns - class, social hierarchy - that are embedded in the films themselves.

― sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:49 (3 weeks ago)

have you seen 'riddles of the sphinx'

pom /via/ chi (nakhchivan), Sunday, 15 March 2015 02:34 (four years ago) Permalink

fuck me, archipelago might be even better

― vacuum head tree disease (imago)

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 March 2015 02:36 (four years ago) Permalink

thx for the dn

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Sunday, 15 March 2015 02:55 (four years ago) Permalink

have you seen 'riddles of the sphinx'

Yeah, I've got the BFI blu - thought the 'performance' sequence in Exhibition was especially similar to the acrobatic sequence in Sphinx, and that both films used a long take aesthetic to explore gendered domestic spaces

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Sunday, 15 March 2015 08:19 (four years ago) Permalink

no, Archipelago is not better

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2015 08:42 (four years ago) Permalink

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=cinemabornagain

Laura Mulvey talk on the 21st April. Seen her speak in discussions before, she is awesome.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 15 March 2015 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Have now seen Museum Hours - it's astonishing and the two protagonists are superb characters (also, the visiting lecturer bit is great) - could listen to Johann opine on art and its spectators for hours

a beautiful well-composed conjecture on art, survival and the search for context with one of the lightest dramatic touches I've seen - it felt accidental at times, as if a documentary, even though it was clearly complex and thought-out

makes me want to spend more time in art galleries, which will have pleased the person I watched it with

to pump a bit of lye (imago), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 23:19 (four years ago) Permalink

excellent!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 23:56 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah ty! even more amazing is that it was a debut feature film (i think) by an admittedly seasoned documentarian & music video maker

to pump a bit of lye (imago), Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:15 (four years ago) Permalink

it felt accidental at times

^ lovely

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm really glad you watched Museum Hours. It's a small project of mine to get people to watch it -very pleased! When MMO'H sings alone in her room "there is a crying in my heart..." - tears every time.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:06 (four years ago) Permalink

I've watched the whole thing 4 times I think.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:07 (four years ago) Permalink

it felt accidental at times

I think this is key, really. The whole thing is about how accidental, or incidental, things shape our lives. Chance encounters lead to deep experiences etc. so beautiful. Deft.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 19 March 2015 03:15 (four years ago) Permalink

loved archipelago, thought exhibition was far more predictable, less interesting, and more prone to art house cliche, and also just had far less sympathetic characters. but her films are more notable for the milieu they feature and how she brings european arthouse style/formalism to middle class britishness than for anything all that stylistically novel. though i do love her.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:48 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/learn/jem-cohen-compass-magnet/

^screening on Thursday with director.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Come back from Museum Hours. Really set up a unique tension between a documentary and this quietly powerful encounter between two people - a spinning plates trick and Cohen pulled it off as both elements were really satisfying while being almost their own separate thing. Like how Cohen took a risk by switching off the developing relationship between the Johann and Anne to then wander off to the city, around the museum and a few monologues, before then returning to that relationship -- just when you thought he wouldn't. The delay kept me on edge.

A couple of things rang false: surely the guard would've known about the punk kid's arguments against art and museums? After all, he witnesses the gallery guide's (in his favourite Bruegel room) Berger-esque Q&A with the tourists. Plus he surely would've witnessed enough dumb remarks like this in his time touring with rock bands? Additionally, there is something unsatisfying about the family member in a coma as a device for Anne to come and then stay in Vienna for as long as she has. I know you needed something to light a match, some spark so that the act of kindness could be bought out into the open -- and while this was as powerful a moment there could've been another way? Also the nudity was unnecessary, empty surrealism.

I liked the monologues a lot though -- in complete contrast to Old Masters where the guard doesn't have an independent voice. And I loved his voice, the script and delivery were near perfect (although I would've liked the last monologue to have been spoken in German as well.) In my wanders in museums I often wander what the guard thinks of what's going on, what this might be for. Haven't we all? And even if you didn't then surely museum trips won't quite be the same..also liked the conflict with tech. Cohen doesn't put too heavy a judgement either way on earphone commentary, or does he? He sure locks in to the man pulling the mobile phone out during the tour guide's talk.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:42 (four years ago) Permalink

that's a very good review

did jemmy lad say anything revealing afterwards

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Cohen just gave an intro.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:46 (four years ago) Permalink

johann's voice was probably my favourite thing about the film tbh

PORC EPIC SAVVAGE (imago), Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Mary Margaret O'Hara was singing a bit though. Still got it.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 9 April 2015 22:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Hey, I didn't realise that Hogg was joining Laura Mulvey at the BFI 'visual pleasure' panel

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 17 April 2015 10:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Only about 5 seats left!

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2015 11:03 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Just watched Archipelago. I would love to see her movies on a big screen. Her composition is fantastic, but the quiet tones she likes get dulled out on a small screen. Even so, a gorgeous movie. Something I didn't realize to the end was the way the camera moved in closer to the characters over the course of the movie. At the beginning it's all medium to long shots, and body parts but no faces. So that by the time you can really see them close up, you already know them.

something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Monday, 4 January 2016 03:39 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/news/filmmaker-residence-joanna-hogg

cantabs ppl get to 'go the whole hogg' :)

nakhchivan, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah I couldn't make the majority of the screenings as I'm just too swamped atm but I'm gonna try to get to Exhibition (+Q&A) tonight and maybe the early shorts if I get enough work done/think I can stay awake

a mom shaped pom (wins), Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Think I would've preferred her version of High Rise

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 08:12 (three years ago) Permalink

had no idea abt her film w tilda.

1st Amendment absolutist in favor of the unltd publication of sextapes (schlump), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:39 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
three months pass...

getting a ton of raves/coverage before its US opening next week, Honor Swinton Byrne 's performance in particular

https://www.filmcomment.com/article/i-know-where-im-going/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 May 2019 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah!

Hogg has written that one of her inspirations is Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy, saying, “I strive to create this degree of aliveness. I need to see this film often to understand what it is I am trying to do.” Most of our time in life is not spent in dramatic standoffs and cathartic breakdowns. Most of the time we are cooking and eating, taking walks, making phone calls, having deep conversations (or shallow), having sex, having arguments. Hogg clearly has a plan and knows what she wants to create, but within that plan she allows for extraordinary freedom. Perhaps the limits she imposes, by proceeding in chronological order, by keeping the camera in doorways or on the far side of a room, encourages the exhilarating sense of “aliveness” felt in Unrelated, Archipelago, Exhibition, and The Souvenir. Helle le Fevre has edited all of Hogg’s features, and her contribution is essential.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Superb Rebecca Mead feature.

No idea she directed the second (and bigger) of the videos for Johnny Hates Jazz's "Shattered Dreams."

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 May 2019 19:59 (five days ago) Permalink

👍

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 19 May 2019 21:35 (five days ago) Permalink


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