Matthew

"Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema." - Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Favorite films

  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Witch

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  • Il Buco

    ★★★★

  • Bottle Shock

    ½

  • The Tracker

    ★★★★

  • Night Tide

    ★★★½

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  • Il Buco

    Il Buco

    ★★★★

    Michelangelo Frammartino’s Il Buco details an expedition by a group of speleologists into a newly discovered cave in the southern Italian region of Calabria in 1961. The title translates as “the hole” and it was thought at the time that this hole - the Bifurto Abyss - was the third deepest on earth. It is a period piece in the literal sense of the term, set as it is in the early 1960s. However, it’s no historical drama. Rather it…

  • Bottle Shock

    Bottle Shock

    Unspeakably terrible.

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  • The Eve of Ivan Kupalo

    The Eve of Ivan Kupalo

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely loved this. Just an incredibly bold, visionary experience. My initial response would be to say that it is something like Parajanov's Shadow of Forgotten Ancestors taken with a large dose of LSD. Following in the vein of Parajanov's film (on which Ilyenko acted as cinematographer) this one has the same kind of deep immersion within local Ukrainian folklore. It is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol short story, but takes influence from broader folk culture. However, while a similar tale…

  • Mandala

    Mandala

    ★★★★★

    I thought it was wonderful. It follows the stories of two monks and there different perspectives/struggles to find meaning in the world, their attempts to overcome nihilism - one is a younger monk who is trying to follow a strict, conventional lifestyle for a Buddhist monk, while the older one is a "corrupted monk", who was 'excommunicated' for sleeping with a girl and who is now a wandering alcoholic. Though the film is not as clear cut as this might…