"you're an amazing guy... who doesn't know what love is"
i paused this halfway earlier because out of nowhere, i felt so nauseous. i resumed a couple of hours later with the nausea still there and the first thing i saw was the salo poster that made involuntarily gagged to the point of almost puking.
anyway!!! i love its lush and vibrant cinematography. but the story... i don't know. it's not helping that i find the lead so unlikeable that…
SINEGANG Weekly Pick #27
Recommended by: Ryan
It's been a while since I've seen a Krzysztof Kieślowski film. I generally do not enjoy watching his works because they're just some of the sleepiest pieces of cinema I've ever come across. However, I may consider revisiting his works in the future thanks to Camera Buff. By no means is it a significant cut above the two movies that I've seen (The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Red), but I think…
Amator is a film that delves deeply but subtle into a man’s obsession with camera and later to the art of Cinema. It's about oneself's urge for exploration. It talks about the importance of individuals' expressions and the role it plays in art, culture, and society and raises some moral questions about it. The film has so many layers and so much depth and they’re all skillfully woven together. It has a minimalistic cinematography yet it’s visually striking. It’s gritty yet beautiful and fascinating.
Amator takes a while to settle its affairs, but it eventually becomes an engrossing character study about a man prioritising his newfound passion for filmmaking. As someone who has decided to follow a similar passion for the rest of his life, I found Krzysztof Kieślowski's film relatable to some degree, and detestable in some regards. It explores the damaging impact of one's obsession over others and power of film in capturing human…
"a person is dead but she lives on here"
that's the power of film. our memories became mere immortals and they exist for many years with extra and special care. it's delicate and holds many emotions. its vigor is so unexplainable that we just let it take advantage of our totality.
camera buff (or amator, a far superior title lol) follows our main character, filip, who bought a new movie camera when his child was born. he become obssessed with…
Sinegang Weekly Pick #27 | Double Weekly Pick #4.2
Rec. by Ryan
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Okay, I’m having a writing slump right now and don’t know how to start this review… again. Amator, or Camera Buff, is a great…
“What are you filming?”
“Anything that moves.”
This early work of Kieslowski is both a comic and serious exploration of one’s man discovery and obsession with filmmaking. Camera Buff (Amator) follows Filip Mosz, a factory worker who purchase an 8 mm movie camera with the intention to capture his newborn baby's early years but becomes obsessed with the film camera in his possession. Stuhrs's performance as Filip is largely compelling, providing comic relief as his nearly childlike behavior which suggests…
Camera Buff shows us the life of a man who had a newfound passion for filmmaking. We're taken along on his journey from being a family man to a neglectful cinephile. His obsession with film unfolds before our eyes and we can only help but to relate with him at some point. What really caught my attention is the camera movement. I admit that my expectations were not necessarily met but it's still a good film nonetheless.
After watching the…