let's talk about Ozu
Grainy 35mm photography, speed manipulation, completely earnest use of the Velvet Underground, and most importantly, Sabine Timoteo. This was an early favorite of mine as a budding cinephile and I was utterly delighted to find out that it absolutely holds up. Back in the day, it seemed like movies such as this one were a dime a dozen, but in 2023 this honestly feels like it's from a completely different world. I guess it is.
"It cannot be said that Taipei is a modern and Western-style city, in the same way that one could affirm this of Shanghai, for example. Rather it is an example of some generally late-capitalist urbanization (which one hesitates, except to make the point, to call postmodern), of a now classic proliferation of the urban fabric that one finds everywhere in the First and Third Worlds alike." - Frederick Jameson, The Geopolitical Aesthetic
"How was Los Angeles?"
"It's just like Taipei."…
This is pretty much my life right now. No, not hooking up with Parker Posey, but the post-graduating living with your parents, jerking off every day, being unemployed, and getting drunk as much as possible hits so close to home. Also, it's really funny. I'm not sure how I'm going to go back to Rohmer for my talky sad comedies when Chris Eigeman isn't there.