• Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★★

    A lean-and-mean masterpiece of dread and claustrophobia, its grip tightening with every taut, ominous frame leading up to its inevitable—yet no less chilling—finale.

    One of the best domestic thrillers in Asian cinema, right up there with Kim Ki-young’s THE HOUSEMAID. 

    New Yorkers: catch KISAPMATA at MoMA on Nov. 3 & 19 when it screens as part of their Mike de Leon retrospective all November.

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    My favorite TV series so far this year. Specters bedevil every frame of this, none looming larger than Maggie Cheung and VERTIGO.

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

    Under the Banner of Heaven

    My first time directing TV. I directed Episode 6–“Revelation”—which precedes the finale.

  • The Killing of Two Lovers

    The Killing of Two Lovers

    Cassavetes by way of Sean Durkin

  • Swimmer

    Swimmer

    ★★★★★

    Fever dream

  • A White, White Day

    A White, White Day

    One of my favorite first watches this year. Stunning.

  • Caprice

    Caprice

    The Souvenirs Part 1&2 are a two-part documentary about the making of this film.


    Watched on Le Cinema Club.

  • The Deep Blue Sea

    The Deep Blue Sea

    Peak sensual cinema

  • Benediction

    Benediction

    The closeted gay men here quipping straight out of a Whit Stillman.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    Méliès’ innovative excursions in color feel to me like the spiritual predecessor of Powell & Pressburger’s exuberant and impressionistic sensibility (in the early years) of technicolor cinematography.

  • The Diabolic Tenant

    The Diabolic Tenant

    Georges Méliès…KING of CGI

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    Psychedelic erotica