Film: Tampopo

Tampopo (タンポポ Tanpopo?, literally “dandelion”) is a 1985 Japanese comedy film by director Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki,Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first “ramen western”, a play on the termSpaghetti Western (films about the American Old West made by Italian production studios).

Review: The Go-Getter

I was sent this DVD last tower season by a fellow potter. It is a bout a very very awkward boy who travels to Mexico to find his brother but finds a strange kind of love in the form of an older woman. For a small stint  he stays at a pottery where is bro didn’t finish building a kiln…. it is very cliché- they wood fire and eat communal food and everyone is off beat. But, it is still nice to see pottery in contemporary film! Plus the boy is so so so awkward it makes me smile. Watch it for your self.

Montage: Glass and Clay Movie Festival

The Maison des Metiers D’Art de Quebec gets together with Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec and FIFAV and puts on a great movie marathon of clay and glass movies. I was lucky enough to go last year. So if you need a craft film fix check some these out! My three faves are “Indian Activity”, “Yixing, la reine des theieres” and “Pottery and Dragon Kiln”.

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Review: A Simple Curve

I was on my way home to Nelson BC- the Kootenaies are beautiful but, I often forget that while living there. I have to go away and come back only have my breath taken away by the mountains. In preparation to the move, I ended up watching “A Simple Curve”…

A movie about a father-son woodworking operation in the Koots. The story struck a chord with me as a kid who grew up in the valley, whose father grew up in the valley, whose father grew up in the valley… you get the point. The kid in the movie has to get away to come back- a cheesy story line and ultimately my own. The script is riddled with jokes aimed at the valley’s hippie culture and two of the main characters are draftdogers. It is also nice to have a movie centralized around craft- the woodies (as woodworkers in Australia are called) will be happy to glean the shots of shifty woodwork shops and dust, sad to see the failing business. The movie is worth the scenery to me, and is scenery I’ll be driving though today on way to the garlic fest- home sweet home.

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