Favorite films

  • Earth
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Nostos: The Return

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  • Cosmos

    ★★★

  • Inception

    ★★½

  • Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    ★★★★

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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★★

    In my eyes, Pedro Costa is one of the most exciting, interesting, and important directors currently working. This is due to his principles as a storyteller and filmmaker, to which he adheres resolutely, making him a unique voice in cinematic history. Because of this I'm going to start off this review by explaining my fascination with his work in basic and broad terms.

    An organic approach to stories. The stories Costa works with stem from lived experience, while not being…

  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants

    ★★★★★

    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps the…

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  • Cosmos

    Cosmos

    ★★★

    I just finished reading Gombrowicz’ Cosmos last week. It’s a strange little book. Stranger still is Zulawski’s adaptation of it. So much stranger is it, that its strangeness becomes the most interesting quality of the film. Somehow, it manages to simultaneously stay very close to the book but feeling entirely different. Shockingly, it is both less complex and more confounding.

    The reason for this is quite simple. The style of Cosmos is extremely literary. This is why Witold, of the…

  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

    Watched this over a month ago, so the thoughts below are concatenated, incomplete, quickly written down before sleep. Though I see no reason that this should not befit a film of this kind. That is one whose skeletal delineations gestures aggressively at something missing, something that by its nature cannot be explicitly spoken about. 

    There’s an oppressive vacuum. Spaces talk, silences stalk, and the will and the want seem irrevocably divergent. It does not surprise me that Laura Mulvey referred…

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…