A phenomenal, extensive anthropological archive of northern Mongolia, and the people who inhabit it. Clocking in at a massive 500 minutes, this was one of the most rewarding cinematic experiences of my life. The main reason being Ulrike Ottinger's ability to capture the majesty of the Taiga, and the unobtrusiveness in how she does it. You always feel like a welcome bystander, as her camera slowly pans across snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and the vast steppes, while lingering on the…
Latcho Drom 1993
I am lucky to have great friends who have not only helped me along my journey in international cinema, but also opened my eyes to the wonder of international music. Music is one of the greatest connectors for our species. It has been with us since our beginning, and it is one of the rare artforms that transcends the language barrier. Music is a feeling more than anything else, and that is something the director, Tony Gatliff understood. None of…
The perfect way to describe Ponyo is endlessly surprising. I am endlessly surprised by how sweet, and lovely this whole movie is, even though I shouldn't be.
Miyazaki wanted Ghibli to return to it's roots with all hand-drawn animation, and as a result this had over 170,000 hand-drawn frames, the most for a Miyazaki movie to this point, and it shows on screen. The whole movie looks beautiful, and the hand-drawn animation paired with the backgrounds being more loose and…
A wiser man than me once said "How have you not seen this yet?? John Woo. John Travolta. Nic Cage. Faces off." Little did he know this was the guilt trip i needed to finally watch it, and I couldn't be happier! Don't make the same mistake I did waiting YEARS to watch this. It's John Woo. John Travolta. Nic Cage. Faces Off. What's not to love?
Sunday School Musical 2008
If God was real why does this exist?
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968
Greatest intro for a villain of all time. I ascend when that score hits for the first time.