Film Magistery #5: The Fountain/Eternal Love

In the fifth episode of Film Magistery the subject is eternal love (and human existence). As the reference is used Darren Aronofsky’s beautifully shot and edited film The Fountain (2006) with excellent performances by Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman.

Is love truly eternal, and is it the hidden knowledge just beyond our perception and physical reality? What if we can live forever?

Magistery.dk

When I started my little podcast project called Film Magistery, my initial thought was to keep it as a part of my personal website avdibeg.dk. But my dear wife suggested around Christmas time to move it to its own website. I thought a little bit about it and I realized that is really good idea, and that I should for once try not to put every project I have on a single site. And so, as a result, Film Magistery has a new physical and spiritual home at its own domain – magistery.dk.

I will continue publish single posts about the podcast episodes since the podcast is registered on this website, but the essential and most updated information about Film Magistery will be on magistery.dk

The best films in 2016

Every year I am making a list of all films I watched during that period, but this time I will do something else. Since I have changed my way of recording which films I watched during the year (it is now digitized and online), I will no longer post here the long list of all the films I watched during the year. However, I will make a list of the best films I watched, so here’s the list of the best films I watched in 2016 (some of them I watched before).

The Thin Red Line 10/10
The New World 10/10
The Lives of Others 10/10
The Turin Horse 10/10
The Witch 9/10
The Double Life of Veronique 9/10
To the Wonder 9/10
El Sur 9/10
The Tree of Life 9/10
A Short Film About Love 9/10
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 9/10
Arrival 9/10
Stories We Tell 9/10
The Straight Story 9/10
Amarcord 9/10
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 9/10

As you can see, 16 films received 4 or 5 Avdibeg stars, which is actually a new record. Normally I gave only one or two, but the difference is that I really focused more on quality this year.

Film Magistery #3: Bob Roberts/Donald Trump & A Post-Factual Society

In the third episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts (1992), a satirical mockumentary about a young right-wing conservative folk-singer who runs for the US Senate. The film’s political theme is compared to the current presidential election in the USA and Donald Trump. Dino asks if the election of both Bob Roberts and Donald Trump is a clear sign that we live in a post-factual society.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of political films: The Candidate, Wag The Dog, Election, The Ides of March etc.

Relevant links: 
Bob Roberts (IMDb)
Bob Roberts (Letterboxd)
Film Magistery YouTube channel
Huffington Post: An Oral History Of ‘Election’, 15 Years Later
Roger Ebert: Bob Roberts

Uzak (2002)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is known as Turkish Tarkovsky, mainly because of his visual style. In his very good work Uzak (Distant, 2002) he refers at least twice to the Russian master director.
In one scene we can see a sequence from Stalker (1979) and in an other a sequence from The Mirror (1975). Both are beautiful films, and I do recommend Uzak, as well. The tension and the main characters’ struggle to cope with life’s difficulties are masterfully depicted by Ceylan.

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“Stalker” on TV (Uzak, 2002).
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“The Mirror” on TV (Uzak, 2002).