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Notable Notes

For January 30th:

  • I read about the plight of the monarch king in Nepal

  • I reinforced my working motto (of the month?) -- Cut the Crap

  • I am still suffering from my runny nose

  • I met up with Phua-san

  • I ordered an extra pizza

  • I watched Irreversible and have the following comments to make:

  • The words that flashed during the opening scene were repeated in the movie. Notably, 2001 Space Odyssey, appearing as the poster in the room

  • I want to fuck your ass appeared twice in the movie

  • It was the longest and most poignant rape scene I've ever seen

  • Marcus had everything repressed. And when it surfaced the fire extinguisher was relentless. Scary.

  • Pierre degenerated from calmness to insanity. Progressive.

  • The movement of the camera corresponds with the characters' mood; it eventually spins out of control

  • I'm surprised the censorship board allowed the film to be screen. There was male and female nudity, straight and gay sex, rape, violence. Hmm...

I'm bewildered by the tagline of the movie: Time Destroys Everything. Intriguing.

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the movie is supposed to be good right.

It really depends.
Can be quite disturbing for the uninitiated soul.

i had to admit... i was not prepared for the movie... and boy was it a ride...

In an supposedly odd fashion I wasn't really perturbed at all. Even though I wasn't prepared.

Maybe it was an imagery that I had in myself for a long long time... I once wrote about irreversibility and used a rape case to illustrate it.

in that sense u understood why they chose the title irreversibility... and their them... that time destroys everything...

but i think with how they started the movie and ended it... they also showed that time doesn't always destroy everything... it doesn't necessaryly have to...

True. *nods*

The fact is that when things happen and becomes part of history, there is no way time can change it again. While time destroys things physically (eg people die, etc) things that have happened can never be changed again.

Hence the irony between the Title and the Tagline.


The interesting thing about Irreversible here is that MDA did recommend it to be censored (I think a total of 3 mins, but really doesn't make sense since the rape scene alone is 9 mins long), then the distributors (I think it's Cathay-Keris) fought for the film to be screened uncut, and resubmitted the film to MDA. Amazingly MDA relented and allowed the film to be screened in its full glory.

I believe the tagline is Time Destroys Everything because we see the characters in the film gradually get destroyed over time, and that's why the reverse chronology works so well - although the film ends with such a peaceful scene, we're constantly reminded that in a while's time, these people's lives will be irreversibly wrecked through events somewhat beyond their control. I think it's a profoundly disturbing movie, but also an undeniable achievement for Gaspar Noe. Oh, and Vincnet Cassel and Monica Belluci are real life lovers, so that may also explain why it feels so realistic...

>>Vincnet Cassel and Monica Belluci are real life lovers, so that may also explain why it feels so realistic...

Oh I didn't know that, I felt they had excellent chemistry throughout the movie.

Or more accurately, from halfway through the movie :)

So did you like the movie? Hmm maybe like is not really an appropriate word in this case...

i didn't find it repulsive, like not in the sense that i totally enjoyed it, but i thought it was an interesting concept.

I think in Irreversible the structure of the film is pivotal to it being such a powerful film... I didn't feel the same way for 21 Grams though...

Really worth watching ah? Shit. So many films I wanna watch now.

did u know that there was a scene showing an erected penis during the scene at the rectum?


The rapist's genitals, seen after the rape, were added digitally.

The first 30 minutes of the film has a background noise with a frequency of 28 Khz (low frequency, almost inaudible), similar to the noise produced by an eartquake. Cats can hear it and their reaction is a great excitement. In the case of humans, it causes nausea, sickness and vertigo. It was the main cause of people walking out of the theaters during the first part of the film in places like Cannes and San Sebastian. In fact, it was added with the purpose of getting this reaction.

taken from - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290673/trivia

I found the sound fascinating, in an odd fashion. It was reminiscent of one of my most favourite movie: Eraserhead, by David Lynch. The sound was like that in the entire movie.

i saw Irreversible way way back. yeah it was disturbing alrite..

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You too. Have a great Hari Raya Haji as well *laughs*

i think i really can't watch this kind of movie. i can't take too violent movies (this one is one right?).

i remember the time i watch seven in the cinema. when it shows just the shadow of the killing weapon for the prostitute(?) (for the sin of lust), it's so...unpleasant/disturbing/pain pain...

It felt disturbing even when I watched it at home. Must be even more disturbing to have everything magnified in the cinema.

i watched the movie ard a week ago.

Disturbing? To me not really, except for one particular scene where the fire extinguisher was repeatedly smashed against the...

I liked the tagline alot. 'Time Destroys Everything'

The sex scenes and nudity didn't really bother me though, but you certainly think twice about certain things after the woman was screaming in agony while being brutally penetrated against her will.

Overall, I never watched such a movie before, it was an interesting experience

You mean you're above 21?

I'm of legal age. *winks*

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