Eliecer has written 17 reviews for films during 2018.

  • Nothing Ventured

    Nothing Ventured


    Nothing ventured, nothing gained, or how capital turns labor and creativity into a detail. Nothing Ventured is a companion to Still life (1997), one of the premier films about alienation, in which Harun Farocki says:

    “When you look at objects, the people who produce them remain unimaginable. The spectator who understands this becomes unimaginable to himself. This is the departure for a new image of man."

  • Las AAA son las tres armas: Carta abierta de Rodolfo Walsh a la junta militar
  • Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists

    Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists


    The American communists interviewed in Seeing Red are forever devastated by the "Secret Speech" of 1956. To our present, the question of whether Khrushchev lied or how much was truth might haunt (if you are so inclined).

    A counter-history on the topic is available to read by Domenico Losurdo in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and hopefully soon in English.

  • Inca Light

    Inca Light


    Accompanied by introductory shots of cloud-filled skies, mountain ranges, and sunsets and sunrises, the soundtrack of this experimental film begins with a conversation about the state of Peru and the policies of its then president. The unnamed Juan Velasco who took power through a military coup in 1968. In recent Peruvian history, Velasco is notable for agrarian land reforms whose intentions were encapsulated in the final exclamation of an address to the nation in which Velasco quoted Andean revolutionary Tupac…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    This represents a peak of interpassivity. It does not even perform our anti-racism and anti-colonialism too diligently for us, nor does it ever point to their determinant, capitalism (nor should we expect it to, for that would require the image of woman and man to be imagined without a business ontology). It simply and comfortably tells us there is no alternative to neoliberalism.

  • The 15:17 to Paris

    The 15:17 to Paris


    Stirring Wayne Rooney biopic.

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon


    The Fredric Jameson essay on Dog Day Afternoon is a good reading. But one has to wonder whether Dog Day Afternoon's faux-hybrid documentary representations have in their time encouraged 1970s versions of the 1950s nostalgia film; wonder whether Jameson's tracing of the politics of those representations, adequate when the eve of capitalism had not revealed itself as our eclipse, have in their turn led to imitations (or corruptions, rather) by critics who reaffirm and champion the garbage politics and aesthetics of contemporary Hollywood productions. Under a darkened sky, the most impoverished of politicizations is enough.

  • Lumière and Company

    Lumière and Company


    It is 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.

  • Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene

    Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene


    “We must see the fire that is hidden in a person or in a landscape. We must strive for what Jean-Marie Straub describes: if there is no fire in the shot, if there is nothing burning in your shot, then it is worthless.” - Pedro Costa

  • Triumph of the Will

    Triumph of the Will

    Riefenstahl, an exemplar for PR firms and TV network broadcasting of events.

  • 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


    A montage of denunciations extracted from an open letter, with one of the greatest overhead shots in cinema in which mate passed around by filmmakers of Grupo Cine de la Base becomes like a chalice for knights of a round table. Accompanied by the melody of Piazzolla's tango, this simple act of sharing crystallizes itself into the temporality of the closing line: "I will bear testimony during difficult times."

    Rodolfo Walsh's open letter to the military dictatorship of 1976 was…