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

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

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