• A Story of Floating Weeds

    A Story of Floating Weeds

    Story is underdeveloped, but Ozu does it again with the ending--beautifully melancholic.

  • Early Summer

    Early Summer

    Just stupidly lovely.

  • Hill of Freedom

    Hill of Freedom

    Love how in 2014 Hong Sang-soo made a film with an epistolary narrative device and not a cell phone in sight. Other filmmakers, follow him!

  • Baal

    Baal

    An aggressively unpleasant yet rivetingly crafted exercise in misery as an exalted state. "The paradise of hell." In the words of Baal, "Waltzing through hells, and flogged through paradises." Every character is a poet and addicted to their suffering. Fassbinder loses himself in his role as a decadent poet taking breaks from cruelty to sing to the sky.

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    Liked approaching it as a formal companion to Adolfo Bioy Casares's The Invention of Morel--time as loop of ghostly recurrences. The liquidity of memory an escape and a prison. Compelling to interpret as a writer trapped in a purgatorial fugue state between fact & fiction.

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    The rabbit hole of storytelling. Playful, morbid, and joyfully inventive.

  • Paris Belongs to Us

    Paris Belongs to Us

    A scary story to tell our bookish children at night to warn them about what happens when they stop reading and spend too much trying to make friends.

  • Damnation

    Damnation

    So much of it feels like it’s testing out ideas to come in Sátántangó. I know this is oversimplifying it, it’s an interesting film, but it’s best scenes all feel like precursors to parts from the next film. It’s stunningly shot—shocker—and has some of the greatest puddle shots I’ve seen.

  • Despair

    Despair

    The outrageous lunacy of Nabokov's novel works because Hermann Hermann, like Humbert Humbert, is an eloquent, lucid, and eerily coherent madman. It is the voice Nabokov gives him that makes his unhinged concept of reality so convincing.

    So the problem faced by Fassbinder's adaptation is that as soon as we see Felix we know that Hermann is deranged. That wickedly intoxicating uncertainty (even if you *know*) the novel creates is gone very early on. But it doesn't matter. Because what…

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    My intro to Guy Maddin, and boy was it interesting.

    An engaging and fascinatingly surreal silent ballet adaptation of Dracula. Still trying to figure out exactly what that's worth to me.

    Zhang Wei-Qiang is stunning as Dracula.

  • Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

    ★★★★

    We could always use more stylish, wildly entertaining, and inventively strange movies like this.

  • Satan

    Satan

    ★★★

    HELP, I DON'T KNOW HOW THE FUCK I FEEEEELLLL!