• Passion

    Passion

    ★★★★½

    Unlike in Twilight (1990), my greatest cinematic discovery of the year, the influence of Tarr's pen here is more evident; the Šarūnas Bartas and Miklós Jancsó celestial agreement has bleakly vanished and transformed into a merge between Visconti's Ossessione (1943) and Tarr's Damnation (1988). Fehér's stupefying and equally dark tale of immoral ghastliness has become, marginally, the best cinematic adaptation of M. Cain's novel, an impressionistic statement assuring that evil does not necessarily lurks more strongly in urban environments.

    The…

  • Winter Sleep

    Winter Sleep

    ★★★★★

    #6 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by agustin.

    Ceylan has successfully conquered enough international celluloid territory to state two main things:

    a) Reaching the visually mesmerizing and narrative levels of Zanussi, Bergman and Vlácil is not an impossibility for modern cinema
    b) "I can surpass Uzak (2002)".

    This is not a thesis or an essay about the human condition, nor an exercise in universally appealing narrative; this is a personal letter towards a central axyomatic struggle that…

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★★

    #5 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by agustin.

    "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
    -Galatians 6:7

    This is one of the funniest dark comedies of the decade.

    Zvyagintsev has proven seemingly effotlessly in the past that concocting extraordinary cinematography is the easiest task if you have achieved balance between nature and storytelling. Landscapes are not in the background of the story; they are placed in the…

  • In the Darkness of Time

    In the Darkness of Time

    ★★★★★

    This short film is one of the strongest testaments in favor of the notion that cinema is an art form. Cinema, regardless of the concoction of arts it represents, can perpetutate the moving image and tell it through time, which is a unique atribute in itself. Only cinema can immortalize a kaleidoscope of several humanity spheres at a world record speed through the magic of editing, but Godard uses it in the most personal way possible. The dissonance between how…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★½

    One of the most aptly titled films in modern cinema.

    -They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, "Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★

    It' s Fincher's half-baked The Good German (2006) just like Soderbergh's tasteless attempt at making a noir drama, experimenting with a colorless scheme and chiaroscuros to enlighten certain psychological expositions which actually turn out to be introspective in the end. The degree to which the viewer is alienated from Mank is something uncomfortable, even if Oldman's performance is stellar and layered; he conquers scenarios and scenes effortlessly.

    Narrative is intentionally disjointed and that breaks continuity for no apparent reason; this…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Significantly the most divisive Nolan feature yet, Tenet is founded on scientifically accurate principles, but breaks the physical rule of matter creation for action-exploitative entertainment purposes through the concept of time inversion that, for some bizarre and unknown reason, people keep calling "time travel". Nolan's weaknesses as a drama writer show more pervasively here, where his mind shows his permanent fixation towards the abused/traumatized wife and the unseen son.

    Audiences are primarily divided in two parts:

    -The film plays with…

  • The Breadwinner

    The Breadwinner

    ★★★★

    "Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that makes the flowers grow, not thunder."

    After Song of the Sea, more people than I can count suggested Wolfwakers as the immediate follow-up, but I sincerely think people are overlooking Nora Twomey's concern for the injustices of human conflict and warfare, which was definitely her personal stamp in the plot device of The Secret of Kells (2009).

    It is astonishing how a society without God can remain frozen in time.…

  • The Secret of NIMH

    The Secret of NIMH

    ★★★★

    PREVIOUS 2007 REVIEW

    I enjoyed it as a kid, but I watched it again recently and remembered how dark, boring and flat it was. The degree to which Don Bluth, in particular The Secret of Nimh, is overrated, astonishes me. Mediocrity is scattered all over the place, losing the essence of "Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of NIMH" in the process. It's not that I disapprove darker adaptations, or that I dislike adult tones in animation films. I just cannot…

  • The Divine Miracle

    The Divine Miracle

    ★★★★½

    Ever stumbled upon one of those pieces that if no one had ever mentioned them to you, or if you hadn't found them in a social media feed, you would have never experience something great?

    Ever heard of recommendations by people you trust and, ergo, you go blindly, ending surprised, if not more?

    This is one of those pieces.

    A creation not to be dismissed by the cover, skimmed because of its abstract plot synopsis, or judged by its availability…

  • For the First Time

    For the First Time

    ★★★★½

    Everyone, everywhere, at least for once in their lifetimes, deserve an opportunity, not only to watch a film, but to appreciate it enough to understand the importance of film as a an art form that makes us aware of the most important issues that humanity has lived throughout generations.

    This town not only had a blast with Chaplin; it goes beyond: some people realized that it's more than fantasy: celluloid has an inherent importance because it is a human art.

    Filmed exquisitely, I really could watch this village for two hours and never get bored.

    Saludos a mis hermanos cubanos. <3

    92/100

  • The Unchanging Sea

    The Unchanging Sea

    ★★★★½

    There is a scene in Luschino Visconti's La Terra Trema: Episodio del Mare (1948) in which women clothed in black stand atop some big rocks staring at the sea while waiting for their male sea adventurers to return home someday, and this 1910 Griffith short accomplishes the same poetic impact through natural scenery in a shore. Shots linger for an incredible amount of time to showcase a truly convincing tragic/period piece where love prevails above all. It's a heartfelt and…