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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are

    ★★★★★

    The opening moments of 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are — Spike Jonze’s misunderstood feature-length expansion of Maurice Sendak’s three hundred and thirty-eight-word children’s classic — perfectly encapsulates its spirit. They are at once exhilarating and nostalgic. Jonze’s camera crashes down the stairs with two ferocious beasts locked in a fierce chase, barely able to contain them within its slim frame. One of the beasts is a lonely, yet imaginative, nine-year-old called Max — played brilliantly by namesake Max Records. The other is his only true…

  • El Topo

    El Topo

    “The mole digs tunnels under the earth, looking for the sun. Sometimes, he gets to the surface. When he sees the sun, he is blinded.” So intones Alejandro Jodorowsky over the opening credits of his wild acid western, El Topo (1970: the beginning of something new). “El Topo” translates to “The Mole”, a central, unifying image, that takes on a double meaning here. El Topo, played by Jodorowsky himself, is a creature that thrives in the darkness. It is a…

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    “They say Ken Russell has gone too far.”

    In our current age of On Demand, Netflix, Amazon Home Delivery, and the Criterion Collection it’s hard to believe that the cinema was once somewhat of an exclusive club. Not an exclusive club like those you find in private education that consist of young men running riot with their father’s money, or even those mysterious 5-star lounges that supposedly lurk in the unexplored and spacious back-caverns of airports, but exclusive clubs in…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    There is something inherently supernatural about cinema. It is a unique art form, and it has a particular magical and transcendent power that is unmatched by any other forms, be it literature, painting, sculpture, or poetry. In fact, in its embryonic stage, cinema was just that: a magic trick. Cinema as we know it today evolved from an illusion performed at circuses and funfairs, known as the Magic Lantern, that projected pictures on sheets of glass using a lens and…