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« on: August 11, 2003, 10:00:27 PM »
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Who are some good Canadian directors?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2003, 10:25:16 PM »
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“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol


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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2003, 01:13:53 AM »
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"Hunger is the purest sin"

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2003, 01:18:12 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2003, 07:46:58 AM »
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I like what I saw from Cronenberg and Egoyan!

And I have to see Spider yet... :P (BRILLIANT book by Patrick McGrath!!!).
I will definitively LOVE that film.

Anyway, I've seen one film of the less famous Canadian underground director Guy Maddin. Anybody knows him, or got something to say about him?
I saw Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, which is a very weird, hypnotic, surrealistic piece of art work really. Here Maddin has made a ballet version of Dracula's tale...

Highly inventive!!!

Anyway, I want to see more of him, although I can't find it anywhere near my neighbourhood (Holland).
The stories of his films really look GREAT.

Article:
Cinema of Guy Maddin

Some extracts:
No one makes films like fabulist Guy Maddin. From his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Maddin is isolated from the facile preoccupations and coarse trends which plague the majority of Hollywood films nowadays. It could be argued, though, that he is also estranged from what passes for independent cinema. Truly a stranger in a strange land. But what a strange land indeed!

His films are black comedic excursions into the netherworlds of silent film, but he also has an uncanny feel for replicating images and sounds from painting, classical music, and literature. They could easily become a pretentious mess in less-skilled hands, yet Maddin’s melodramatic films are anything but. They’re playful, complex, hilarious, and exquisite; a perfect melange of high art and camp. Cinematic images that can only be described as post-modern phantasms.


Try it, you North Americans out there!
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2003, 08:59:06 AM »
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Who are some good Canadian directors?


No one, yet.
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2003, 09:03:51 AM »
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You don't dig Egoyan?
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2003, 09:06:52 AM »
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His script for Exotica read like bad film school shorts, and I got through 30 min of Sweet Hereafter before I had to shut it off due to annoyance from the wooden performances and boring camerawork. I've tried, but just find him to be, I dunno, so Canadian in the worst CBC way. But I have it from a good source that his new one (Arat?? sp?) is quite different and good. So maybe I'll check that one out.
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2003, 09:53:45 AM »
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You really should man.  It's a very good film.  It was playing on IFC the other night....
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2003, 10:25:35 AM »
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His script for Exotica read like bad film school shorts, and I got through 30 min of Sweet Hereafter before I had to shut it off due to annoyance from the wooden performances and boring camerawork. I've tried, but just find him to be, I dunno, so Canadian in the worst CBC way. But I have it from a good source that his new one (Arat?? sp?) is quite different and good. So maybe I'll check that one out.


I'm mixed about his films. That CBC remark is right on the money though. The Canadians here should know exactly what that means.
It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2003, 01:36:20 PM »
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I like Don McKellar.

Only one feature to his credit thus far, 1998's pre-Apocalyptic character piece Last Night (terrific flick), which he also wrote and starred in. I like his darkly humorous, low-key, neurotic, deadpan sensibilty a lot. He's an accomplished screenwriter firstly, with his work on Bruce MacDonald's Higway 61, Dance Me Outside and Roadkill, and Girard's The Red Violin and Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. And I am just plain mad for the Canadian sitcom "Twitch City", which MacDonald and McKellar collaborated on as well. Brilliant stuff there.

He's probably still best known for his work in front of the camera. He starred on "Twitch City" and has at least supporting roles in many of the films I mentioned as writing credits above, plus Egoyan's The Adjuster and Exotica, and Cronenberg's eXistenZ.


I hope McKellar gets financing for more feature films in the future. He's one to watch.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2003, 04:25:30 PM »
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What's Canada?...
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2003, 04:26:05 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2003, 04:28:39 PM »
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a barren wasteland of socialism, where good art comes to die
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

 

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