Drew has written 15 reviews for films with no rating during 2018.

  • At Berkeley

    At Berkeley

    I'm constantly amazed how Frederick Wiseman is able to find a single scene that outlines an entire documentary, in someone else's word. In Belfast, Maine, which I first saw last month, it was a teacher discussing Moby Dick. He brings up Melville's focus on working class figures in an uncannily fitting description of Wiseman's career. Here in At Berkeley Wiseman shows the same keen eye right away with three scenes during the opening—a talk about the founding of UC Berkeley,…

  • The Women of Pinochet

    The Women of Pinochet

    Eduardo Menz combines the image of Cecilia Bolocco receiving a medal from Pinochet with audio and subtitles of Carmen Gloria Quintana's account of being set on fire by soldiers. The image is photographed closer each time until it's indecipherable, as the audio grows louder and the subtitles shrink until the compression renders them illegible. Then the two clips switch places and the trajectory is reversed.

    The reversal of the second half worked really well for me. Instead of establishing a…

  • Apoohcalypse Now

    Apoohcalypse Now

    Winnie the Pooh as Colonel Kurtz, Marlon Brando's iconically camp role from Apocalypse Now. File next to Walt Disney's Taxi Driver, Mickey Mouse in Vietnam, and that weird-ass Kumamon meme.

  • No D.R.

    No D.R.

    Pirate the anti-pirates, no refuge at all.

  • 42/83: No Film

    42/83: No Film

    99/18 No review.

  • High Life

    High Life

    Juliette Binoche as fertility witch space doctor is undeniably some kind of thing.

  • Those Who Desire

    Those Who Desire

    Rule 63 is the best. There's something incredibly comical about bros getting together to raise male pigeons in little pigeon cloisters, painting them in all manner of rainbow, and then trying to spot the sexual deviants.

  • Burning


    burning is fire

  • Walled Unwalled

    Walled Unwalled

    An extended essay on walls, permeability, and the state that traces through thermal imaging, muon scattering tomography, and anti-Soviet radio propaganda. Abu Hamdan narrates while navigating the studio as light and sound intertwine along its barriers. It all builds to a Discipline and Punish-style look at the design of modern torture centers.

  • Fainting Spells

    Fainting Spells

    This was just beautiful to see a large screen, so much so that I wasn't sure if it was the same version I'd seen before. I always seem to connect with the way Hopinka plays with language as material. And the shot where all the color gets wrought out of the image as the camera pans is transcendent.

  • Let Your Light Shine

    Let Your Light Shine

    Some guy pulled out his phone toward the end of this, but I'm not even mad because the eight prismatic reflections of his phone were gorgeous.

  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle

    Je, Tu, Il, Elle

    Oh man, I watched this after my first day of isolation in a little while, and it resonated so much for me. The way Akerman uses ritual and stasis in her early films always brings back the weirdest discarded memories that feel like they're from previous lifetimes.