I really don't know how to best process this film. I've seen it said that this film suffers from the Hays Code censorship, enforcing strict ideologies about racial representation (and separation), but I really can't imagine this film could have been much different if released before 1934. Would the subtle inclusion of certain realities have changed anything? This is a film about a white woman - a widow - who, through the sheer will power bestowed upon her as a…
Delightful. Leave it to a CGI animation from 2008 to be the most earnest and joyous ode to cinema's history of wonder that we've seen in the 21st Century so far. From the magic of Méliès, and the slapstick silent comedy of Lloyd, Keaton, and Chaplin, to the breathtaking sci-fi spectacles of Spielberg and Kubrick, WALL-E touches on it all.
At first I was a lil' bugged when we arrived on the Axiom and the presence of humans showed up;…
The PriceMaster 2001
Very surreal and very unnerving little piece of public access gold focused on a stoop sale as performance art in Denton, Texas, around 2001. My friend texted me the link and said "If you have five minutes, check this out," and I ended up watching all 30 minutes of it.
Shot on a handheld video camera, vérité style, it documents unsuspecting customers finding themselves at a stoop sale in which nothing is labeled with a price and a strange figure,…
TÁR is the greatest interpretation of symphony in cinematic form I have ever seen. (Not that there are many other interpretations. The works of Maya Deren come to mind, and certainly Amadeus attempted to harness the grandeur and beauty of symphony, but did so via exposition and allusion, never through immersion.) TÁR is a story about the over-accomplished, narcissistic, classical conductor, Lydia Tár, as played by Cate Blanchett, who, with every new role she takes on, seems to possess an…