28 December 2010


The most moving piece of criticism done in the past year, as well as the finest film I saw in 2010, (Film - even though the work is done on video with that distinct compression, it's cinema) was this short by the exceedingly perceptive Thai cineaste Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, he of the astounding FILMSICK blog. The audio is from Alain Tanner's classic JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000 but the visual effect of the opening and closing of the aperture to mimic the rising and falling of the day brings to mind Joseph MacDonald's portrait of Walter Brennan at daybreak during the finale of John Ford's MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

That reveal of the top of the tree! How can you not just fall apart at that moment? Cinema will never die as long as critics like these are prepared to show us the outline of their spirit with such finesse.