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  • Videograms of a Revolution

    Videograms of a Revolution

    ★★★★½

    The revolution will not be televised, it will be home recorded.

  • Tangos, the Exile of Gardel

    Tangos, the Exile of Gardel

    ★★★★½

    To hell with Rimbaud and Artaud. Surrealism's birthright is Latin America through Lautréamont and Quiroga and the particular hauntology that comes with being a Latin American.

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  • 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.

  • 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…