Favorite films

  • A Page of Madness
  • The Parallel Street
  • City of Pirates
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Recent activity

  • The Very Same Munchhausen

  • Sweet Games of Late Summer

  • The Patriot Game

  • Satan's Rhapsody

Recent reviews

  • The Very Same Munchhausen

    The Very Same Munchhausen

    A satire that perfectly balances humor and pathos, Tot samyy Myunkhgauzen (1979) serves as an epilogue to the well-known adventures of Baron Munchausen. After his return home, the Baron's extravagant stories and lifestyle begin to annoy some of the local townsfolk. Ultimately he's challenged by the authorities to renounce the tales which form the essence of his identity. This creates a very interesting dynamic where the Baron is forced to defend himself against a sort of show trial. At what point does a man conform to society, especially when he holds completely eccentric beliefs?

  • Sweet Games of Late Summer

    Sweet Games of Late Summer

    Immediately following his horror classic Spalovac mrtvol, Juraj Herz took a drastically different stylistic direction with this lighthearted summer romp produced for Slovak television. The hourlong film is based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant about a group of friends, Mouchette and her five orbiters, who spend the summer gleefully boating down the Danube and lounging around an artist's shack. The film takes visual inspiration from impressionist painters, with picnics and parasols that channel Monet and Renoir. The…

Popular reviews

  • The Dancing Hawk

    The Dancing Hawk

    Overlooked but worth finding! I'm a big fan of Zbigniew Rybczynski who did the cinematography. He transforms the basic story of a man's life into a barrage of experimentation.

  • Cast Iron

    Cast Iron

    A gorgeous b&w short documentary on a metalworking plant in Georgia. The industrial situation presents a steady stream of striking images: workers in silhouette as molten metal erupts behind them, a vanishing-point view of people walking down on a street toward a billowing smokestack (as if they are going up in smoke), men "inflating" their shirts with a high-powered fan. Inside the plant the workers dig and prod while the metal flows like lava. The work is mysterious as there's no spoken dialogue.