November Film Diary

November 1 The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999) November 2 Barking Dogs Never Bite (Bong Joon-ho, 2000) Raining in the Mountain (King Hu, 1979) November 3 Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991) Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodovar, 2019) November 5 Araya (Margot Benacerraf, 1959) The Cow (Dariush Mehrjui, 1969) November 6 One. P.M. (D.A. Pennebaker, … Continue reading November Film Diary

Top Five Viewings: October

Café Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2003) Manoel’s Destinies (Raul Ruiz, 1984) Dear Pyongyang (Yang Yonhi, 2006) Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 2000) The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)

Bi Gan – Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Watching Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, there can be little doubt that the director himself is a cinephile. Here, we witness touches of Tarantino, Kar-wai, Ming-liang and the biggest of them all, Tarkovsky. Yet the fanaticism Gan displays isn’t one of inspired creative force but rather of a constraining shadow. I would err, … Continue reading Bi Gan – Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Film of the Week: Once Were Warriors

It’d be wrong to call Once Were Warriors a plight of New Zealand’s Maori people. Such a description would not only be demeaning but also trivialize the film’s rich portrayal of complex social systems. The story concerns the daily trials and tribulations of the Heke family in South Auckland, New Zealand. Jake (Temuera Morrison), the … Continue reading Film of the Week: Once Were Warriors

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

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