Matthew

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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  • Napoleon

    ★★

  • The Beasts

    ★★★★½

  • Pacifiction

    ★★★

  • Happy Together

    ★★★★

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★

    Incredibly disappointing. Napoleon is a bloated, muddled mess which races from one event of Napoleon’s life to the other without providing so much as a modicum of context or depth. Narratively it is extremely disjointed, and well...boring. The film tries to cover the entirety of his spectacular rise and fall in slightly more than two-and-a-half hours, whilst simultaneously trying to focus on the complex dynamics of his relationship with Josephine.

    It jumps awkwardly from battle scenes to the bedroom; in…

  • The Beasts

    The Beasts

    ★★★★½

    Was really really impressed with this Franco-Iberian thriller. The Beasts follows a French couple who have settled in a remote corner of Galicia. Painstakingly restoring abandoned farmhouses and practicing organic farming they have seemingly adopted this rural lifestyle in order to reconnect with a simpler, “more authentic” kind of living. If that makes them sound like a pair of annoying hippies, they are considerably more genuine and sympathetic than that.

    Nonetheless, this is the main source of tension in the…

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  • 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…

  • 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…

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