Javier

Writer. Literary translator. Coffee lover.

Favorite films

  • Murmur of the Heart
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  • The Dead

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  • The Hero

    ★★★★

  • Cat Ballou

    ★★

  • The Big City

    ★★★★

  • The Shooting Party

    ★★★

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  • The Hero

    The Hero

    ★★★★

    About a famous Bengali actor on his way to receive a prize in New Delhi. This might be Satyajit's Ray response to Fellini's 8 1/2, and it's a wider, more emotionally honest vision of the film world. (Not that there's any doubt Ray is the superior artist). An old theatre actor has put a curse on the young, handsome film star, so that there's always doubt in his mind. His success may be rather astract, but his increasing hostility towards…

  • Ludwig

    Ludwig

    ★★★★★

    No one worked higher to restore the high style of 19th century Europe than Luchino Visconti. As a movie director, he could do what aristocratic artists in other artforms couldn't: to give material reality to a vanished epoch. At his best, Visconti allowed you to inhabit that world: he had an extraordinary sensibility for the feel of a time he never knew. THE LEOPARD may be the most beautiful film ever made, a marvel of evocation. LUDWIG, perhaps a second…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    Spectacular shape-shifting satire on modern-day capitalism. (Poetic that it should not come from the West). Trespassing isn’t just the film’s delicious central concept: it’s Bong Joon-ho’s defining gift as an artist. Genre rules assume different functions in his films: events that pass for “plot twists” are actually jolts in tone revealing underlying truths.

    Sliding from the cramped to the spacious, PARASITE has been architecturally thought out. This isn't some Marxist class war: it's a struggle for vital breathing space. Astutely,…

  • La Belle Noiseuse

    La Belle Noiseuse

    ★★★★★

    The genius of Jacques Rivette's LA BELLE NOISEUSE lies in the rebellion of the muse. Michel Piccoli is the retired artist who chose the comfort of life outside the canvas: life without the all-consuming nature of creation. A secluded villa is his entire world. Enter Emmanuelle Béart who makes his castle of tranquility come crumbling down. He becomes an artist again: she is to be the object of his final masterpiece. We watch as her flesh bends, squats, and kneels…