Shredder by Cody Clarke

Reviewed on Ryan’s Reviews:


Bloomsday countdown: Ulysses’ Gaze

A legacy: Homer, Joyce, Angelopoulos.

Each re-visioning adds to my experience of its predecessors: I hope you’ll agree. Today, I will read a section of Joyce’s Ulysses accompanied by Karaindrou’s haunting music.

“A tribute to the amazing film from Theo Angelopoulos, with Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern and Erland Josephson. A truly masterpiece. Music from the film´s soundtrack, composed by Eleni Karaindrou.”

next film for twitteresque review

It takes me a long time to get through a film, but I’m still gonna re-view and review. It will take me a few days, but if anyone would like to discuss this one with me, I can set up it up. Let me know.

The Girl By the Lake is Italian with subtitles; it’s derived from a Norwegian crime/mystery.

Sita Sings the Blues (animated film)

The shadow puppet narrators discuss Rama's att...

The shadow puppet narrators discuss Rama’s attitude towards Sita after her trial by fire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nina Paley‘s Sita Sings the Blues (2008) wasn’t at all what I had expected. Here is the site description:

Uploaded by CinemaNirvana on May 19, 2011

“Sita Sings the Blues” is based on the Hindu epic “The Ramayana“. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.” It is written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley.

For more about the film and about Nina Paley’s other work, see

A little bit cabaret, a little bit Bollywood, and a whole lot completely unique. The variety of styles grabbed my attention even when I wasn’t sure what was happening at the beginning of the film. I always think, though, that writers and artists of every kind will tell their readers/viewers how to ‘read’ a work, if we can relax and accept some direction. The animated shadow puppets try to tell a bit of “The Ramayana” and in doing so, perform an analysis of the story they narrate. Meanwhile, the story is being read by a woman whose heart has been broken like Sita’s.

Stories within stories within stories. What a great reminder that tellers and audiences create art simultaneously. Likewise, the multiple depictions of Sita and Rama (as well as the rest of the cast) enact the idea of arbitrary representation and interpretation.

Schama’s A History of Britain

Simon Schama’s A History of Britain is an idiosyncratic romp through time. I am quite enjoying the videos (also available on youtube) although there are a few too many shots of grasses swaying in the wind. My only real criticisms: 1) viewing perspective is sometimes ‘off’ due to head-scratching camera angles; 2) expert commentary and/or speculation would be appreciated.

The Eagleman Stag

If you haven’t seen this short film, take a few minutes to be amazed. The animation here is astounding. Truly, it’s so good you won’t even notice the lack of colour. I like the use of sharp edges and angles that accentuate the main character’s (Peter) developing perspective

I’m not alone in these views: it’s the 2011 BAFTA award winning short film from Mikey Please.