I know I’m late to the party, but anyway.
I missed Syndromes and a Century when it showed at the Tiff in 2006. So much has been written about the film, it is on so many top ten lists… It took over a year until the movie by Apichatpong Weerasethakul was screened in Toronto again. I finally saw it last weekend.
Sometimes I think all movies should have two halves. The first half of Syndromes is set in a rural hospital in Thailand, maybe in the 70ties, the second part at a modern day, urban clinic. Both halves begin with a job interview of a new doctor and almost the same dialog.
You might think you slipped through a wormhole while watching the film or was the narrative just mirrored? Is the total eclipse of the sun the first parts version of a black intake vent sucking up smoke in the later part?
The next time, I want the see Syndromes backwards. Back and forth through the wormhole. This should provide the full experience.
And there is the subtle and sometimes absurd humor of a drunken tv doctor, the gay monk who wants to be a dj, the orchid expert. The camera does not move a lot and I guess that adds to the calmness the movie conveys.
If you have a chance to see Syndromes and a Century, don’t hesitate.
Filmmaker’s website incl. Behind the scenes
If you’re on your way home
Stop and buy me something
Boy, buy me a bag or buy me some shoes
This is a part of me that I’m trying to get you used to
Buy me diamonds
Buy me pearls
Buy me this
Buy me that
Make me fall deeper in love with you
(Feel Like A Woman)
As you may already know, the new Mary J. Blige album leaked on the interwebs. It is a very well produced record, with classic Mary themes. With Fade Away there is even a slow, self-reflective disco number that has her singing: “Sometimes invisibility would be great”.
Basically, what I wanted to say is that Growing Pains is another favourite Mary album of mine.
Earlier: Just Fine
Thanks Michael H.
More Pee-Wee at Claude’s.
Basically, I have to go to sleep for two months. Everything I want is available in spring, mostly February only:
- The new Mariah album (as yet untitled)
- The new Bernhard Willhelm women’s 2008 summer collection
- The new Comme des Garcons fragrance 8 88 (smells like gold)
- The new The Golden Compass 8 DVD Collectors Box Set incl. 1 animal spirit
Visit the homepage of my cute daemon, Callum. Please.
- The new Hot Chip album
New single & video by Hot Chip: Ready for the Floor.
For more half person / half joker, Vicki Vale fun, check the extended video for Partyman or Batdance by Prince.
p. seen at Pizza Pizza having her first slice of pizza with dipping sauce (cheddar jalapeno).
p. (at a club, leaving her hoody on): “I want to look like Jay-Z”
m.: “You look like Beyonce on a bad day.”