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Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian filmmaker who has been working quite prolifically since the early 1970s. Up to 2008 all of his films took place in Iran, and walked a neo-realist line. Since then he has left his native country and made two films, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love. Certified Copy was set in Tuscany, Italy and was in Italian, French, and English. Like Someone in Love is set in Japan and is entirely in Japanese. Kiarostami is a first-rate auteur, and all of his movies, Persian or not, are immediately recognizable. If I were to use any one word to describe his work, it would be patience. Not on the part of Kiarostami and his cast and crew, but on the part of the viewer. It takes some getting used to before one can properly dive into a Kiarostami story. His camera placement is precise, the editing is routine, deep focus and misc-en-scene allowing the eye to wander, all of it void of any flash. Some may describe it as workmanlike or well crafted, but both of these descriptions are mysteriously deceptive. These are descriptions by those who can find no flaws in the movies, but also find no attachment to them as well. To enjoy a Kiarostami movie, one must find the rhythm that Kiarostami uses and then adapt to that. It’s not going to change, or suddenly speed up, it’s going to stay there, nice and constant, and if you can match that, then it’s like sitting back and enjoying jazz.

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In Their Words – Wednesday, February 27, 2013

“If you want to make pictures and enjoy making them, you better go out and make something that a lot of people want to see. And then they’ll turn you lose and let you make what you want. And then maybe you can do some of the things that you want to do. But as a beginner, you haven’t got a chance.” –Howard Hawks Continue reading In Their Words – Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In Their Words – Monday, February 25, 2013

“To me the ideal film — which I’ve never succeeded in making — would be as though the reel were behind one’s eyes and you were projecting it yourself, seeing what you wish to see. This has a great deal in common with thought processes … That’s why I think the camera is an eye as well as a mind. Everything we do with the camera has physiological and mental significance.” –John Huston Continue reading In Their Words – Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscars 2013

Sunday is the Eighty-Fifth Academy Awards Ceremony and with it, the conclusion of the Award Season. Twenty-four categories, one hundred and twenty-two nominees, fifty-two movies… It’s time for Oscar! ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Cooper and Jackman both give good performances, Washington and Phoenix both gave great performances, but Day-Lewis is in a league on his own. He’s that good, and it’s entirely plausible that his Lincoln will be considered the Lincoln for years to come. Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables Joaquin Phoenix – The Master Denzel Washington – Flight ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Alan … Continue reading Oscars 2013

Movie Beat – 02.22.13

Saturday is the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Sunday, The Oscars, and then that’s it. No more awards and the books on 2012 are finally closed. Time to move on. Well, not quite yet, next weekend maybe, but with the bulk of movie talk this weekend focused on the best in last years cinema, the studios are saving their big movies for March where they will get a little more attention. Not a terrible crop of movies out this week, just a touch on the thin side. It’s Oscar Weekend after all! 11 Flowers – We don’t get to choose … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.22.13