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February 13, 2007


No offense, but that site has usability issues.

You can't deep link and the +/- for scrolling isn't the least bit obvious (I thought it would change font size).

A Flash developer can do the former, and changing the +/- to up/down arrows would be better.

Ah well, I hate to see your work be inaccessible.

Does Julia have a favorite movie yet?

I take no offense to SOMA magazine's web site deficiencies, Joe, since I have no control over them.

As for Julia - no favorite movies yet. Though if Hannah has her way, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time will, unfortunately, be high on the list....

Hey Nick,

In all the time I've been commenting I realize I've yet to introduce myself. In short, I'm a pre-med student based in California, drawn to Slant magazine circa Nov '05 due to our mutual love of The New World (unshared by my real-life peers). My view of film since then has been torn apart, annealed, and challenged, something I've come to tremendously appreciate.

To the point of this wayward post: I managed to catch Flowers of Shanghai, Millennium Mambo, and not least, Three Times this past week - and I can't find words to underline the experience. From scene one of Flowers that I was getting into something exquisite. The atmosphere was incredible, not to mention the gorgeous, painterly visuals that dared me to blink. Three Times is, without a doubt, a masterpiece. Who nowadays pays attention to the way characters move in space? What director doesn't spoon feed his audience history in modernized chunks? It's a real bummer his films are (I'm told) virtually ignored in Taiwan. Hou Hsiao Hsien is undoubtedly one of the greats. I can't wait to watch Three Times again.

Nice to meet you Simon. And glad to hear that Hou is now firmly on your radar - couldn't agree with your sentiments more.

To wit: here's a link to the trailer for his latest, which seems not only a departure in terms of setting (France? With Binoche?), but in terms of camera movement (i.e. there seems to be a lot more of it here).


Thanks for the link. That trailer was definitely an eclectic one - in other words, it must find a distributor and head to the states pronto. Luckily, I think with Binoche as the leading lady, it should be slightly more accessible than Three Times.

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