Posts Tagged ‘Chantal Akerman’

(Visual) Quotes…, 6/9

June 9, 2010

(I swear that CineMadison isn’t devolving into a storehouse for the images I snag from the movies I watch. It’s been a pretty slow summer on the cinema front here in Madison, Rooftop Cinema at the MMoCA notwithstanding. Worry not. Actual content is on the way.)

From Chantal Akerman’s “From the East” (1993).


(Visual) Quotes…, 1/27

January 27, 2010

Actual writing forthcoming, I swear.

From Chantal Akerman’s “News from Home” (1977).

(Visual) Quotes…, 1/26

January 26, 2010

From Chantal Akerman’s astonishing “Je tu il elle” (1975). If you don’t yet own the Akerman Eclipse set, you probably need to.

Pretty annoying…

January 21, 2010

… to pre-order something, wait a month to hear that it’s shipped, only to be told that you’ll receive it nearly a week after it’s already become available in stores for retail or rental or, heck, even theft. To those of you who actually went to the trouble of going to a store and purchasing Eclipse’s new (and seemingly outstanding) “Chantal Akerman in the Seventies” box set: You are wiser than me.

Never let it be said…

January 5, 2010

… that there isn’t a wealth of excellent extras in the Criterion Collection’s “Jeanne Dielman…” two-disc set. Alright, that’s enough shilling for today.

Favorites from the decade that was

January 5, 2010

Fifty fillets of film, alphabetically ordered. Now I can finally get on with my life.

Click here to check out the list/encyclopedia.

(Visual) Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 12/31: Take 2

December 31, 2009

Last post of the decade.

From “La captive” (2000).

All night tonight

December 18, 2009

I thought it worth relating to you, dear reader, that you can now watch Chantal Akerman’s “Toute une nuit” (1982) on, of all things, YouTube. I haven’t yet had a chance to watch this one, but I’m sure you know by now how highly I think of Akerman’s work (if not: I think very very very highly of her work). The video quality looks surprising not-awful, so if you’ve got 90 free minutes (really wish I did right now), then by all means.

(Visual) Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 11/6

November 6, 2009

A seriously, tangibly difficult image (i.e. turn the brightness on your monitor all the way up):


Why not make it a double:


Both are from Chantal Akerman’s La captive (2000).

Madison Weekend Cinema Round-Up, 10/30 + 10/31

October 30, 2009

I tend to doubt that many of you are going to be in any condition to go out and see some free movies this weekend, it being All Hallow’s Eve in Madison and whatnot; but should you decide to, your options are far from shabby.

The Cinematheque will screen Chantal Akerman’s De l’autre cô (2002) at 7:30PM. Yes, you read that correctly (or at least those of you who actually care did): the Cinematheque will be screening a Chantal Akerman movie tonight. This, ladies and germs, is worth going out of your way to see. And remember to leave your Jeanne Dielmann-inspired expectations at the door, for I scarcely think that this documentary about immigration politics on the Mexico/Arizona border will feature many if any scenes of potato-peeling.

On Saturday night the ‘theque will be screening Roland West’s The Bat Whispers (1930). I, for one, would be much more inclined to see this than, say, Saw 7, Halloween CO2, Nightmare on N. Brooks St. or The Texas Letter-Opener Massacre—or Zombieland, for that matter. But between game 3 of the World Series (Death to the Yanks) and the promise of nocturnal festivities, I could understand why you might not be able or willing to attend this one.

If you do find yourself with a horror movie itch, be sure to check out Four Star Video Heaven’s showcase shelf (near the front entrance), which is devoted to unconventionally scary flicks, including Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique, Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day along with some other films commonly associated with the so-called “New French Extremity,” and many intriguing others (and I say that as someone who has next-to-no interest in the horror genre). I can’t conceive of a stranger way to observe the holidays than to shack up with a Bruno Dumont DVD and then head out for a few too many cocktails and handfuls of candy corn.