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)

October Film Diary

Per a friend's recommendation, I've decided to start keeping a film diary.  Due to beginning halfway through the month, I was unable to catalogue everything I've watched (leftover film stubs helped me remember anything before October 15), but I still believe an incomplete list is worth posting. An asterisk marks a re-watch. October 1 First … Continue reading October 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

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