Jim Jarmusch – The Dead Don’t Die

The Dead Don’t Die (2019) carries a wayward restlessness reminiscent of improvisational noise-rock. To trace this aesthetic lineage, recall Jarmusch’s debut Permanent Vacation (1980); Jarmusch captured downtown New York’s then No-Wave atmosphere, presenting the city as a bombed out and empty playground for poets. The connection becomes more established through Chloë Sevigny, who co-stars in … Continue reading Jim Jarmusch – The Dead Don’t Die

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Film of the Week: Pola X

In collaborating with one another, Leos Carax and Scott Walker prove they’re a match made in Heaven. Or perhaps more appropriately, Hell. Walker’s soundscape already conjures images reminiscent of Dante’s descent into the underworld. Just earlier this year, Godard employed Walker’s “Cossacks Are” to open The Image Book, establishing a nightmarish mood. Walker’s music, then, … Continue reading Film of the Week: Pola X

Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker / Claire Denis – High Life

The following is part three of my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. Part one can be read, here and part two, here. I’ve previously written about Stalker, here, and High Life, here. There will be spoilers for both films, so if you haven’t seen them, I recommend doing … Continue reading Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker / Claire Denis – High Life

Francois Truffaut – Two English Girls / David Lynch – Mulholland Drive

The following is part two of my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. Part one can be read, here. No hay banda -Mulholland Drive To choose between two things, you must know both. l can't choose vice or virtue knowing only virtue. -Two English Girls The first question to … Continue reading Francois Truffaut – Two English Girls / David Lynch – Mulholland Drive

Film of the Week: Blackhat

Perhaps a cyberpunk film in a league of its own, Blackhat balances the thrills of an abstract digital world with its more tangible, human, and architectural counterpart. Unlike Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995) or the Wachowski siblings’ The Matrix (1999), there’s no philosophizing here. Instead, Mann highlights the relationship between the digital and … Continue reading Film of the Week: Blackhat

Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds

Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (1991) is the type of low-budget independent film possessed of great magnitude alongside the likes of Wanda (1970), Killer of Sheep (1978), and Daughters of the Dust (1991). Like those films, Queen of Diamonds has also been pulled from obscurity thanks to a new restoration by Arbelos[1]. Tinka Menkes—Nina’s sister—plays … Continue reading Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds