new directions (for now)

That Memories of the Future has once again lapsed into a state of dormancy for so long has been a pesky matter of annoyance for some time now.  I have finally had to face the fact that ever since I made film a formal academic pursuit I have been unable to muster up much enthusiasm to write about and review film “for fun” in any kind of sustained manner.

What I have found, however, is that my reviewing energies haven’t necessarily evaporated, they’ve just changed.  As it now stands, nearly everything I write not meant to be part of a thesis or turned in for a grade revolves around the books I read, which in retrospect is something which should not have particularly surprised me, as the reverse was exactly the case when I was getting a literature degree.  I have been a active member of the Goodreads community for some time now, and as such most of my “unofficial” writing has been inspired by and posted there.  Which is something that has been increasingly alarming me—as I have found over the years with all of the postings I made in my first blog over at Rotten Tomatoes, entrusting one’s writing to another website is a foolhardy position to put oneself in, especially if one is interested in retaining such things as a record as some kind.  And while I’m completely happy with how Goodreads currently runs their site, I recognize that might not always be the case.

So basically I’ve decided to begin posting the thoughts on my reading here, and cross-posting it on Goodreads.  As such, I will not only have more control over the content, but who knows, maybe getting in the habit of blogging once again will inspire some more cinematic-minded posting again as well, especially since so much of my reading is necessarily cross-pollinated by my current cinematic preoccupations…

 

TIFF Afterthoughts

So I’ve been back in San Diego for 24 hours, and I have to admit, I’m kind of sad to be back. Though the whole atmosphere of Toronto seemed to change over the weekend—a very palpable stillness fell over the city as things returned to “everyday life”—I just didn’t feel quite ready to let go and leave. And that’s a first for me—even during my trips to London I’ve been ready to return home when the time came.

Actually, what I think is that I wasn’t ready for the festival to conclude. On Saturday, the last day of the festival, I ran into Girish and Darren, two bloggers I admire tremendously, and in a few parting thoughts after what would prove to be all of our second-to-last film, both expressed that they had reached their filmwatching limits and were ready for the festival to finish. I had purposely kept my viewing schedule on the light side, but as the festival came to a close I found myself rather envying the sense of gluttonous fatigue I could sense from many of my fellow audience members, which I think brought the festival to a natural conclusion for most. One of the many things I learned at TIFF: I might have a greater capacity for consecutive movie watching than I have previously given myself credit for.

But with all said and done, TIFF 2007 was an amazing experience for me, and I relished the opportunity to not only see a number of excellent films, but get the opportunity to meet up and hang out with fellow bloggers and long-time internet friend. I wish I could say that I will certainly be going back come next September, but that likely won’t be the case considering I will just be starting classes for grad school (if all goes as planned). But I think I might just have to find a festival that will fit with my schedule…

Anyway, several new reviews, including the new films from Carlos Reygadas, Kenneth Brannagh, Hector Babenco and Manoel de Oliveira are up at DVD Verdict. I’m slowly getting there!

-jesse

More TIFF

Another update at DVD Verdict. I have consistent internet now, so that should make a difference for the rest of the festival–though I still haven’t figured out how I want to tackle posting on here. I was originally thinking I would do a festival write-up to post here early next week, but I may repost all capsules here when I find the time. Any preferences from my small (but devoted, I’m certain :) ) readership?

Anyway, still having a blast. Taking a break tomorrow (only one screening, though it’s Van Sant); hopefully will have time for a big update!

-jesse

TIFF Update #2

Thoughts on Day Three—and some brief comments on Beyond the Years and Mira Nair Presents: Four Views on AIDS—up at DVD Verdict. Find them here.

Exciting news: this morning I was able to get tickets for Briellat’s Une vieille maîtresse and Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, two of the films I was most disappointed in not being able to get tickets for. Now if only Kawase’s The Mourning Forest becomes available…

I’m going to catch up yet!

-jesse