新宿区 — Christophe, my friend from Paris, was in the city. After dinner, we visited “Shinjuku Golden Gai” to find a bar where Chris Marker used to hang out. Years ago, Christophe and I became friends through an online Japanese film discussion group. There was no Facebook or Twitter back then. Shinjuku Golden Gai used to be a black market during the U.S. occupation period. Many “shops” were actually illeg...
Santa fe — Santa Fe has three fine arthouse cinemas: “The Screen” on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design; “Cinematheque” at the Center for Contemporary Arts; and now the newly reopened and r...
Ubud — The film, Jalanan (“Streetwise”) had won best documentary at the Bussan Film Festival. I thought perhaps 1000 people watched the film but the Jakarta Globe later said the audience had 4000 people. The...
Rio de janeiro — I was a very, very young film critic and he was a budding film auteur. Pedro Almodóvar was already a name recognised to those well informed in the European film/club/music/underground scene but in Bra...
Nostalgia, Homecoming, The End.
Me and Pedro Almodóvar in the twentieth century.
This grey cold weather is perfect for diving into the cinema. Enjoy a journey of the mind and heart.
Editing is interpreting.
Cocteau Cinema & Coffee House: Santa Fe Style VII
We were paying homage to Chris Marker (1921-2012), a reclusive filmmaker, in Shinjuku Golden Gai.
Buildings That Liberate Us.
Nature vs nurture? What constitutes family, identity, home, culture, society...
What Manner of Men
This here is it. After what feels like an interminable time in a digital world, this is the real shit.
Just back from Ubud Writers Festival. Brilliant indie documentary about three Jakarta street musicians, projected on an open air screen. After the heartfelt standing ovation the Canadian Director came on stage.
Yeah, I think this time qualifies as a good start to a hot summer night.
Little wisdom tooth was overjoyed; karma-points had apparently been traded for him not to be forcefully evicted from his home.