David Wheeler

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Favorite films

  • Ran
  • The Zone of Interest
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • Margaret

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  • Birth

    ★★★½

  • The Delinquents

    ★★

  • The Cat

    ★★½

  • The Little Prince(ss)

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  • A City of Sadness

    A City of Sadness

    ★★★★½

    My fifth Hou.

    “Where are you from? Where are you going?” asks a truculent man gesturing with a sickle in his hand, a small mob of men behind him wielding similar tools reappropriated for violence.
    “I am… Taiwanese.”

    On the matter of human history, long and ever has there been a cyclical affair between who is the collective superior and who is the collective inferior. Violent, ceaseless rhythms of hatred and prejudice. Like with the Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda,…

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

    Some vague spoilers. Proceed with caution.

    My first Akerman*, after years and years of delay. You breathe in long enough the sweet scent of cinema and Chantal Akerman will soon enough show herself to you.

    "I could never make love with someone I wasn't deeply in love with."

    She still wears her wedding ring. She wears it while bathing, while kneading meatloaf, while doing the dishes. She even wears it while having sex with callers.

    Six years has she spent…

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  • Duckweed

    Duckweed

    ★★½

    My tenth Yang.

    Duckweed (or Floating Weeds, not to be confused with Ozu's two same-titled films) is a two-part television film—itself one part of a telefilm anthology series called "Eleven Women"—from Edward Yang, his first directorial effort. Hard to see Yang beyond the haze of what is a pretty soapy, generally uninvolving production that laxes fairly quickly (then recovers in the final moments), but the echoes of his auteurship rear occasionally, e.g. alienated adolescence, country life v. city life, the…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Upon research, I would have rather wished Murnau and Mayer had went with Sudermann's (author of the short story "The Excursion to Tilsit" upon which the film is based) more somber ending as opposed to the CHC "happy ending" we're given here—would imagine then that my chief grievance with the film would have been solved had they done so... says the unavailing critic nearly a century after the film's initial release.

    The Man, as he is credited, is simply too…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    [99]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. It may be worth mentioning that this review is written with a more pragmatic, perhaps simplistic, approach in mind since this is for a different audience. And, if you've been a regular reader of my Kurosawa reviews lately, some things mentioned here may seem a little repetitive, again because of a different audience. Possibly, I might refashion it later.

    As a stroke of sheer coincidence, I noticed that I had written…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    [28]

    May write more on a later date. It's late and I'm tired (probably no thanks to this film in part), but I aim to muster up enough strength to marginally lambaste this. As tainted by the name of Bryan Singer as it very much is, this is just a thoroughly dim-witted, banal, apocryphal affair that was categorically crafted to cater to as large an audience as possible, never minding to shoot the film in any imaginative way, technically or…