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  • Gavagai

    Gavagai

    ★★½

    [5]

    It's been many years since I saw Rob Tregenza's debut feature Talking to Strangers, a film that made quite an impression on me back in 1988. At the time I was just beginning to explore cinema as an art, and I was both confused and mesmerized by Tregenza's combination of Jarmuschian humor and atmospherics with the long, elaborate camera takes that are more commonly associated with filmmakers I did not know at the time: Angelopolous, Jancso, and Béla Tarr.…

  • Adriana's Pact

    Adriana's Pact

    [W/O]

    (0:42)

    A perfectly serviceable documentary about the filmmaker's aunt who, unbeknownst to her in childhood, turns out to have been a highly placed member of DINA, Augusto Pinochet's secret police. Adriana denies everything to her niece one minute, and then goes on TV and defends torture the next. There's nothing particularly wrong with Adriana's Pact, but neither is its main subject's duplicity particularly surprising or enlightening. From what I saw, without a doubt the film's most potent moment was a pro-Pinochet rally, which looked eerily familiar -- all that was missing were the MAGA hats.

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…