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  • Closely Watched Trains

    Closely Watched Trains


    My review on CineVue:

    La petite mort is inextricably entwined with the grand one in Jiří Menzel's wonderful Closely Observed Trains (1966). A bittersweet and funny coming-of-age tale, it doubles as an allegorical quest for a nation's cojones amidst the milieu of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Freudian readings of narrative and mise en scène are lustily encouraged as the challenge of losing one's virginity becomes akin to an act of rebellious non-conformity, or even actual revolt.

    One of the most famous…

  • All My Good Countrymen

    All My Good Countrymen

    My review on CineVue:

    It was the early 1950s when Vojtěch Jasný began penning the screenplay for the his most celebrated work, though it seemed unlikely to see the light of day due to its provocative politics. The corruption and failure that slowly infects a small village throughout the narrative is not one attributed to personal greed or petty rivalry (though both are present). In its bones and in its roots, flowing through the Moravian soil, All My Good…

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color


    Don't have words. Still in daze.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin


    Extraterrestrial. Not a single person left the screening before the credits finished rolling; it was at the moment the lights went up that I realised I'd been holding my breathe for about ten minutes. I cannot wait to see this film again. And again.