Posts Tagged ‘Tabu’


2012 in Review

January 2, 2013


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 305
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 238

Pre-1920s: 0
1920s: 4 (4 first time viewings)
1930s: 5 (3)
1940s: 15 (8)
1950s: 13 (6)
1960s: 13 (9)
1970s: 16 (8)
1980s: 28 (21)
1990s: 24 (11)
2000s: 32 (17)
2010s: 155 (149) Read the rest of this entry ?


The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2012’

December 3, 2012


I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2012 for The Skinny’s annual contributor’s poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.

My list there is not necessarily a concrete representation of what I would select now, nor does it account for films like Amour, The Master and ‘Turkey of the Year’ contender Gambit that I saw after the submission deadline.


My Month in Films: September 2012

October 1, 2012

27 films, 23 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran/France)
2. Woman in a Dressing Gown (J. Lee Thompson, 1957, UK)
3. Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012, USA/China)
4. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik, 2012, USA)
5. The Woman in the Septic Tank (Marlon Rivera, 2011, Philippines)
6. Samsara (Ron Fricke, 2011, USA)
7. Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986, USA)
8. A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995, USA)
9. 5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi, 2011, Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel/France/Netherlands)
10. Barbara (Christian Petzold, 2012, Germany)

11. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012, Japan)
12. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright, 2012, UK)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, 2011, Canada)
14. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962, USA)
15. Dredd (Pete Travis, 2012, USA/UK/India)

Best rewatches
Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012, Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France)
Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012, UK)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004, USA)

Pieces (Juan Piquer Simón, 1982, Spain/USA/Puerto Rico/Italy)
Commando (Mark L. Lester, 1985, USA)


Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

September 18, 2012

Review written for Subtitled Online

One of the more acclaimed films to premiere at the 2012 Berlinale, and an audience favourite at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tabu is primarily concerned with how fiction, specifically films, inspires our memories. This is Portugese director Miguel Gomes’ follow-up to his praised 2008 feature Our Beloved Month Of August, a film that transitioned between a factual documentary aesthetic and fictional drama. Tabu has a similarly unique execution, switching halfway from contemporary dry comedy to an exotic, dream-like extended flashback. Heavily influenced by silent films and early adventure cinema, Tabu provides an interesting contrast to The Artist in its resurrection of older filmmaking grammar, used here for arguably more creative means than just parody humour. Read the rest of this entry ?


My Month in Films: June 2012

July 1, 2012

38 films, 35 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. The Catch (Shinji Sômai, 1983, Japan)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012, USA)
3. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947, UK)
4. One.Two.One (Mania Akbari, 2011, Iran)
5. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012, Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France)
6. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar Wai, 1990, Hong Kong)
7. Moving (Shinji Sômai, 1993, Japan)
8. Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012, UK)
9. The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012, UK)
10. Hospitalité (Koji Fukada, 2010, Japan)

11. The Friends (Shinji Sômai, 1994, Japan)
12. Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011, USA)
13. Death Watch (Bertrand Tavernier, 1980, France/UK/West Germany)
14. Typhoon Club (Shinji Sômai, 1985, Japan)
15. Kaza-hana (Shinji Sômai, 2000, Japan)
16. Life Without Principle (Johnnie To, 2011, Hong Kong)
17. Tokyo Heaven (Shinji Sômai, 1990, Japan)
18. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966, France/Sweden)
19. What Is This Film Called Love? (Mark Cousins, 2012, UK)
20. An American Tail (Don Bluth, 1986, USA)

Best rewatches
The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, 1952, USA)
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998, USA/UK)
The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971, USA)

Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman, 2012, USA)
Pusher (Luis Prieto, 2012, UK)
Free Men (Ismaël Ferroukhi, 2011, France)
Fred (Richard Ledes, 2012)
Prometheus (Ridley Scott, USA, 2012)
Lawless (John Hillcoat, USA, 2012)