Matthew

"Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema." - Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Favorite films

  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Witch

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  • The Menu

    ★½

  • Enys Men

    ★★★★½

  • The Wonder

    ★★½

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    ★★★★

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★½

    Eat the rich…bla bla bla. Yet another 2022 film which attempts to deal with themes of class conflict and conspicuous consumption. After a somewhat amusing start The Menu quickly descends into conceptual tedium. Very early on it becomes blindingly obvious which direction things are going, and after this absolutely nothing happens to dispel your initial impressions. Just a boring, over-the-top satire of the world of fine dining (or more accurately the way in which this world reflects the consumption of…

  • Enys Men

    Enys Men

    ★★★★½

    With this excellent follow-up to Bait (2019), Mark Jenkin gives us a richly captivating and profoundly eerie film in the vein of the '70s folk horrors of ‘old, weird Britain’. Less Wicker Man (1973) and much more Penda’s Fen (1974). This cinematic inheritance is a very self-conscious one, which Enys Men leans into. As with Bait, Jenkin uses a vintage Bolex camera and shoots on 16mm which, combined with other unusual techniques, gives the film a deliberately old-fashioned feel. It…

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  • The Eve of Ivan Kupalo

    The Eve of Ivan Kupalo

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely loved this. Just an incredibly bold, visionary experience. My initial response would be to say that it is something like Parajanov's Shadow of Forgotten Ancestors taken with a large dose of LSD. Following in the vein of Parajanov's film (on which Ilyenko acted as cinematographer) this one has the same kind of deep immersion within local Ukrainian folklore. It is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol short story, but takes influence from broader folk culture. However, while a similar tale…

  • Mandala

    Mandala

    ★★★★★

    I thought it was wonderful. It follows the stories of two monks and there different perspectives/struggles to find meaning in the world, their attempts to overcome nihilism - one is a younger monk who is trying to follow a strict, conventional lifestyle for a Buddhist monk, while the older one is a "corrupted monk", who was 'excommunicated' for sleeping with a girl and who is now a wandering alcoholic. Though the film is not as clear cut as this might…