• PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★

    It has it's moments. It's fun, joyful, and charming. Clearly a masterpiece of construction, and one that has inspired many directors such as Roy Andersson, Wes Anderson, and so on. I absolutely loved the aesthetics, which is usually enough reason for me to love a film outright, but I just found it very boring. There was nothing to grab and hold me apart from the aesthetics. I found it overly repetitive, and simply annoying by the end. With a length…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    "I wasted so much time worrying about what could go wrong, but what did go wrong was never the things I worried about."

    A beautiful 'slice of life' story. This movie is pure and utter joy, to put it simply. It captures the good, the bad, and the ugliness of life. It spoke to me. As someone who is in their early twenties, it captured the apprehension of the uncertain future, and what path your life will go down. The…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2021. Joe, yet again, proves to be one of the most important directors of the 21st Century. After watching Memoria, every sound became enhanced around me - the power of the film sends you into a hypnotized state of mind. Credit to Joe, and how he can masterfully lull an audience into a meditative state. It left me to ponder many questions the film raises, and it's one that will not leave my mind anytime soon. The master continues to deliver!

  • Silent Light

    Silent Light

    ★★★★★

    Sunrise, Sunset, Love, Birth, Death, Regret. Life goes on.

    Silent Light touched me even more on second viewing and continues to be one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. A stunning, hypnotic, transcendent, spiritual experience on the human condition. So what is Silent Light? The sounds of crickets, lowing of cattle, and an occasional bird cry. The natural world. The morning darkness of dawn breaking into the light of day only to end with twilight merging into…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    A cacophonous, heart-racing, perpetual never-ending nightmare.

    Sandler strikes gold! A fast-moving rollercoaster; albeit a bleak and tense one. The Safdie brothers have crafted one of the most exciting and morally challenging viewing experiences of this year. Watching this late at night, a coffee would usually act as a stimulant but this film proved to be a stimulant in itself. All the action in Uncut Gems comes from Howard’s failings, his troubles and compulsion to chase what is just always in…

  • The Doors

    The Doors

    ★★★½

    Like a dog without a bone
    An actor out on loan.
    Riders on the storm...

    The Doors are perhaps my favorite band in the entire world. Their songs are pure poetry, and The Doors will always be remembered for the legend: Jim Morrison. Oliver Stone's title is rather misleading ... It's not predominantly about The Doors but rather a study on Jim Morrison and the wild and crazy side of him. Jim (played by Val Kilmer) takes us on an…

  • Our Time

    Our Time

    ★★★★½

    Our Time is perhaps Reygadas’s most conventionally realistic work, predicated on the breakdown of an open relationship where one partner transgresses by holding secrets and falling in love outside the marriage. Despite Our Time lacking in the spiritual and existential breadth of his previous masterpieces. The film is just as beautiful as his other work (perhaps his most beautiful to date) and enhances a relatively uninteresting story into a marvelous, exploration into jealousy, fidelity, and love with Reygadas and his…

  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

    The quintessential silent movie. The best of the rest!

    Phantom Carriage is a journey of redemption that is simultaneously poetic and eerie, with a perfect balance between the visual poetry and emotional violence. It is a deep, and resonating hypnotic masterwork meditating on death, the value of life, and loneliness. Weighty and dark, the influence on masters, including Bergman and Kubrick, is highly discernible.

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★★

    Kenji Mizoguchi may just be the ruling master of Japanese Cinema!

    Sansho is a richly layered, quintessential piece of Japanese cinema, deserving of the spot near the highest pantheon of world cinema. In long, meditative shots, Mizoguchi fluently tells the story of two siblings who get separated from their mother and have to work for a cruel slave owner. Sansho has an incredibly compelling story and its depth of understanding the human condition.

    The presiding factor that makes the film…

  • Oasis

    Oasis

    ★★★★½

    A profound indictment of a modern, numbed, pitiless, hyper-urbanized Korea. Oasis is the story of the relationship of a man imprisoned by his mind with a woman imprisoned by her body. It is heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting. It is essentially a love story of two young people marginalized by their families and society. It becomes a scorching indictment of the cruelty, hypocrisy, and indifference of those institutions as the two characters face profound conflicts with them.

    This movie with its…

  • Khrustalyov, My Car!

    Khrustalyov, My Car!

    ★★★★½

    Aleksi German provides the audience with a firsthand experience of the madness, paranoia, and absurdity that pervaded Moscow during the final days of Stalin’s regime. You may not be able to figure out much of the story but you are left with an extraordinary piece of cinematic modernism and a visceral, incoherent experience. German’s vision is beautiful yet disgusting. Khrustalyov, My Car is filled with long, incoherent takes and an itinerant, erratic camera that captures the beautiful snow-filled streets of…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Well, it's that time again! My annual viewing of Satantango is here ...

    Satantango is quite possibly the greatest film ever made. The film is a religious experience; an odyssey into a world bereft of beauty. Satantango is a film to be seen, witnessed, and felt! It revolves around the lives of villagers in a small-town, as they’re faced with greed, deception, betrayal, and loss. Tarr's cinematography here exceeds anything else ever captured on celluloid -- few movies are able…