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  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    ★½

    Here is my review for In Review Online's Streaming Scene feature:

    Five years ago, when Todd Haynes’ Carol hit theaters, a moment was marked in which the worlds of queer cinema and the Christmas film were twined. In fairness, Carol wasn’t exactly a mainstream flick wholly suitable for casual yuletide viewings, but when Hulu’s highly-anticipated holiday rom-com Happiest Season was announced, there was reason to think audiences would finally see the perfect marriage between the two genres. Unfortunately, something of…

  • Zappa

    Zappa

    ★★★½

    Here is my blurb-length review as a part of Before We Vanish (November 2020) for In Review Online:

    Whether you appreciate Frank Zappa’s work, few would deny the massive impact he had on contemporary art music. The musician, who died relatively young after a terminal battle with prostate cancer at the age of 53, was something of a curiosity: a chain-smoker who was vehemently anti-drugs; a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and musical virtuoso who, unlike many of his contemporaries, wasn’t initially drawn…

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  • I Was at Home, But...

    I Was at Home, But...

    ★★★★

    Think about one of those Ingmar Bergman's hysterical female characters as if caught in an Ozu-ian family comedy-drama, directed by Straub and Huillet occasionally paying an homage to Bresson! Then, you may get a quick glimpse of what Schanelec is doing with I Was at Home, But... in her very own non-conformist refined style.

  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★½

    I am totally amazed how Costa radicalizes his previous works and strip them down even more than before to their very essential core through Vitalina Varela. As if, each new film for Costa is an absolute act of purification and refinement.

    Costa looks into the darkest depths of an abyss, a phantom-space and a realm of the living dead to observe wandering human-ghosts and lost shadow-borns. And yes, here, the black color plays a definitive role - both materially and spiritually - as much as the white color was to Dreyer or Bresson.