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  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★

    It’s hard to rate something with such great art and music so low, but this film really missed the point of sexual empowerment. It’s focus on Jeanne’s body is made uncomfortable by the fact that the film maintains a voyeuristic distance from her actual character and motivations.

  • Energies

    Energies

    ★★★½

    “When watching my films it is a mistake to search for hidden meanings or to try to identify shapes with familiar concrete objects. I do not know what these invented forms signify, or adumbrate. Nor does anyone else—yet. I only know they have the power to elicit emotional, imaginative, and intellectual, responses, which vary with each individual.” - Jim Davis in The Only Dynamic Art

    This film is meant to be experienced rather than examined. The strange images, from abstract…

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  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★½

    Every surreal, absurd, or symbolic film has its fair share of naysayers who claim it to be pretentious and meaningless. I can only assume that this type of film is not for them. The Holy Mountain’s narrative is engaging, because it has much more coherent of a story than most surreal films, and it’s visuals are often nothing short of spectacular. These features alone lead me to believe there may be a deeper issue when people write this film off…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★

    From reading the description I expected this film to be akin to Fellini’s Otto e Mezzo, but I found it was exactly the opposite.  It often seems to me that Fellini’s film is an attempt to generalize his personal experiences as an artist to be relatable to others. This is a goal that I feel 8 1/2 fails at, instead giving an intriguing look into Fellini’s own psyche. Synechdoche, New York, on the other hand, uses its specificity to invoke…