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Can't Stop the Movies

The Turin Horse (2011)

During the average day, I spend almost thirteen hours in front of a computer.  I wake up at 6:30, shower and drive to work in front of a computer, drive home and spend some time feeling my legs hit the pavement, then go back to my computer until midnight.  This has been my routine just about every day since I graduated from school.

I like my life.  I get to reach out and help people on a daily basis rebuild their entire existence, then come home and work on myself.  But it's a routine, in the broadest strokes my life rarely goes beyond the events that build every day.  The light fades away and sometimes I go to sleep thinking, other than the difference of media I've consumed, this day is no different than the last.


Bela Tarr: Roundup

Every Tuesday Andrew will be examining the work of the Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

Andrew COMMENTARYI have a fan going usually, background noise to keep silence from creeping into my apartment.  Maybe there's some music playing, or I turn on a faucet so I hear water running down the drain.  Sometimes I dirty my dishes up so that I have an excuse to run the dishwasher, and for awhile I know that swishing sound is going to be filling my home.


Bela Tarr: The Man From London (2007)

Every Tuesday Andrew will be examining the work of the Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

"We just talk about someone coming into the room and he wants something and the other guy who is sitting there doesn't want these things.  That's all."
-Bela Tarr-

Andrew COMMENTARYI'm facing a number of disappointments this week.  The first is that, until Bela Tarr is finished with The Turin Horse and it is released on DVD (which, given his cycle, will probably be in another 5 to 6 years) I am left without any more of his feature films to examine.  Yes, there is still more of his work for me to look at, but this final film left something of a bad taste in my mouth.


Bela Tarr: Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

Every Tuesday Andrew will be examining the work of the Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

"The lie is when we believe other people will turn around when faced with something they can't actually destroy."
-Bela Tarr-

Andrew COMMENTARYSo he says of the men marching through the hospital, looking for a way to release their anger and suspicion.  Tarr later says that they turned around because there was a wall blocking their path, and could proceed no further.  These are his methods, and his sense of humor, that he could blame the wall.


Bela Tarr: Satantango (1994)

Every Tuesday Andrew will be examining the work of the Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

"Regard me as a sad researcher who investigates why everything is as terrible as it is.

Andrew COMMENTARYThe last Soviet troops left Hungary in 1991.  Three years later Bela Tarr, Laszlo Krasznahorkai and their team of actors were finally able to release the work he'd dreamed of making for so long - Satantango.  During those years the promise of Capitalism came, failed, and left the people of Hungary just as broke and starving as they were during the times of Soviet rule.

It took the failings of two completely different systems of political thought for Tarr to finally make this, his first masterpiece.  Over the course of seven hours, Tarr reminds us that all that happened was the trade-in of one debilitating set of rules for another.  Those left on the outside, in the farms and factories, still had no way to enter "normal" society.