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  • Lumière and Company

    Lumière and Company

    ★★★½

    It's rather telling that it is David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and Peter Greenaway, the biggest egos on display here, who can't appreciate the constraints of the cinematograph and the pre-cinematic time of actualities and comedies. Instead they opt for the evocation of montage.

    The best neo-Lumières in this homage are by Jacques Rivette, Spike Lee, and Idrissa Ouédraogo. The first understands that almost every type of shot was available at the beginning, the second that actualities, like photographs, have a peculiar pre-cinematic temporality that haunts, and the third replicates the vivacity of Lumière comedies.

  • Las AAA son las tres armas: Carta abierta de Rodolfo Walsh a la junta militar

    Las AAA son las tres armas: Carta abierta de Rodolfo Walsh a la junta militar

    ★★★★★

    To watch Cine de la Base's films today is to welcome ghosts. It's like standing on the shoulders of the defeated who haunt of lost battles and lost futures. The subaltern will speak in their own voice or as ghosts.

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  • New Rose Hotel

    New Rose Hotel

    ★★★★★

    Ferrara’s most remarkable film because of its incompleteness, which due to the nature of the medium (in dissolves, cuts, ellipses), is a totality by omission. That Sandii is Pandora armed not with a box but a computer disc is an afterthought. What is truly disconcerting is the fusion between dream, memory, and video recording that permeates throughout the film. X’s recollections during the latter half of the film in particular constitute a cinematic stream of consciousness that I’ve only encountered…

  • Pompeii

    Pompeii

    ★★★½

    I saw Pompeii to have a laugh at vulgar auteurists. But, my God, I didn't laugh. I saw a great deal that was strange, even stupid. But I also saw CGI that was delicate, almost too sensitive. A city washed through by the ocean and ravaged by fireballs. Impossible details. The earth fissured into catacombs. I felt as though I touched and heard the panic of doomed lives struggling with their fate. No sound came from their breasts as they embraced alone when the fire engulfed them. My God, I didn't laugh.