Writer in Los Angeles. Critic for www.entertainmentvoice.com
More than a concert documentary, it's a rather riveting work of cultural criticism. It poses the intriguing idea that the infamously disastrous festival is a microcosm for all of the recent, dark forces swirling in American history. Maybe the lesson is that unless we change society for the better, the whole world will look like Woodstock 99.
A pagan phantasmagoria, full of sequences with the texture of a strange dream you had last night. It is also the year's most original metaphor for the trials of being in a toxic relationship. More ritual than cinema, or cinema as ritual, Ari Aster has composed a hallucinatory work of art with some surprising dark humor at its core.
Philippe Mora's "Swastika" provoked fights and near rioting at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Today it stands as a fascinating, terrifying document of a society gone insane because of nationalism, mystification of culture, despair and every other element that birthed the Nazis. Mora's film is composed entirely of documentary footage of both Hitler's public and private spheres. It chronicles the years 1933-1939 with just the raw footage, edited to a stunning crescendo to the music of Wagner, Beethoven and nationalist…