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  • Brazil

    Brazil

    Brazil is over-the-top, terrifying, funny, and moving. A hilarious and violent dystopian tale of the future using elements of the past, it strangely seems more and more like our present. Terrorism, surveillance, cosmetic surgery, hacking, and authoritarian control: Gilliam’s prescience is astounding. It was such a powerful, bold vision, so joyous in its escapism and so crushing in its ultimate nihilism.

    And it has one of the most haunting endings in movie history. The impressive fact is that I haven’t seen anything quite like Brazil. It escaped from Terry Gilliam’s brain with such velocity that its power even today is undeniable. 

  • The Man Without a Past

    The Man Without a Past

    Proof that comedy can still be considered art without being sarcastic, insincere and nihilistic. For a world that's increasingly globalized yet also increasingly fragmented, The Man Without a Past resonates deeply as a bittersweet fairy tale, resplendent with the hope of salvation.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’s lasting power resides in the intimate knowledge of small-town power dynamics brought to the production by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and in the quiet, commanding intelligence of its social vision. It's audacious, uncompromising and possessed of mysterious grandeur in its wintry pessimism.

    A simple crime drama transpiring over the course of a single night and day, with little plot development other than the discovery of a body, it manages to encapsulate the vicissitudes and virtues of the…

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga is precisely a movie about unproductive pursuits, wasted time, the dissipation of energy, inactivity. Its characters are stuck in a bog and not one of them seems to notice they're sinking without hope of rescue. I'm really inspired by the use of off-camera space, scenes begin in the middle and are interrupted before their outcome and there's always something that has been moved or eliminated from one shot to the next.

    It uses the genre mechanisms that foreshadow…