Random NotesGuilty of Romance and the jaw dropping Himizu. The latter pretty much blew me away, and I expect it will be high on my year end list.
Saw quite a few classic films for both of my current Czech New Wave and Palme d'Or Winners features, highlighted by a rewatch of The White Ribbon. I also managed to watch a pair of recent Bulgarian films, that maybe didn't impress me as much, but they did show a lot of promise of good things to come from that country, and I think Avé has a strong chance of being selected as their official submission to the 2012 Oscars.
While everyone was out seeing the new Batman, I went to a screening of an excellent, inspired by the 80s, locally shot sci-fi film, called Beyond the Black Rainbow.
It was also a busy month for major festival news. Another Norwegian film scored big, with The Almost Man by Martin Lund winning the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary. While some impressive lineups were announced for the upcoming Locarno, Venice, and Toronto film festivals.
This month also saw the unveiling of a couple features I helped create for the LAMB. The updated LAMBtable, which replaces the old difficult to manage HTML table and the ugly temporary spreadsheet with a fully searchable and sortable version; and also a minor facelift to the Banner Gallery, adding some cool hover effects, and making it far easier to update and maintain. Check them out if you haven't seen them already.
Random LinksA few links and blogs that caught my eye over the past month, some new, some old, and some new/old faces, as well as a couple of cool creative endeavors to check out:
Can You Dig It ? - The recent rebranding and relocation of the cool blog formerly known as Feminising Film, into an even cooler blog named after a quote from The Warriors. Allowing the site's talented author, Cherokee, to expand on her wide array of interests.
Blah Blah Blah Gay - The very welcome return of Toby to the blogosphere. After an eight month break, he's back with fresh inspiration, and a slight change in focus to include book and music reviews.
The Cinematic Katzenjammer - a new addition to the LAMB already making a big splash in the community. Sporting a very cool logo and featuring daily reviews of a decent mix of new mainstream releases as well as the odd foreign and classic titles.
The Movie Waffler - A fairly recent LAMB, but a long time blogger, with a very well customized Blogger template, and some unique and inventive running features.
And So It Begins... - The blog of Alex Withrow, an aspiring filmmaker who released his debut short film titled Earrings online over the weekend, and it's a pretty good first effort.
Lisa Thatcher - A Sydney based writer who blogs about everything arts related worth blogging about, and who recently published a book of short stories, which I still need to find the time to read, titled Stack.
The Film Emporium - The LAMB's most prolific blogger, Andy Buckle, impressively got a blurb from his 5 star review of Holy Motors, quoted on the promotional material for the film, soon to be released in Australia. Not gonna lie, everything about that makes me jealous.
Cinematic Corner - Sati's blog of ever evolving visual splendor, sees the continuation of her brilliant and popular Visual Parallels feature, with a comparison of screen caps from Mulholland Dr. and Young Adult.
Readers, how was your month? Did anyone else not see Batman?