Jason Friedlander

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Favorite films

  • Dog Star Man
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Yi Yi

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  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★★

  • Smiley Face

    ★★★½

  • Buffalo Boy

    ★★★½

  • Fellini Satyricon

    ★★★★

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  • The Journey of Stars Into the Dark Night

    The Journey of Stars Into the Dark Night

    ★★★★½

    This is Film #7/50 of a series that I’m doing on Filipino cinema from the 2010s. Although I will be rating them here based on personal enjoyment, these notes will not be about whether the films are good or bad, but will purely be a free flow of observations I have about them. My initial framework will be to investigate whether there are common narrative, thematic, or stylistic threads across the films of the decade and how I think each…

  • Written in Our Destiny

    Written in Our Destiny

    Wrote about this here.

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  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★★

    Today is a special day. I have the opportunity to reflect on beauty. I’ve just seen for the first time one of my favorite artists’ films: Jonas Mekas’ “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” from 2000. It’s a mouthful of a title for a mouthful of a film. I can’t imagine another title more apt. It’s overwhelming in its beauty. For nearly five hours my mouth was left agape. Sacred agape for the senses,…

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★★

    don’t think this movie was worth the destruction and possible forms of exploitation it took to make it but it blew me away and will remain in my subconscious for a while

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  • The Woman Who Left

    The Woman Who Left

    ★★★★★

    on the way back in the subway i overheard two students talking about the movie and praising how well they were able to recreate the 90s by not making it look too modern. how they were able to show well what a "shitty" place it was to live in. my heart sank because that's just how the country looks today.


    there's too much in this movie to really unpack in a review like this but i think that the most…

  • Bliss

    Bliss

    ★½

    It disappoints me to dislike this as much as I did. Anytime I watch a film from my home country, I go into it wanting to like it. And I really did try. But this movie is terrible.

    I appreciate the intent and verve that it took to attempt to do this story—it sounds much better on paper than it does on the screen—but I can't imagine that there are people who actually think this works. That sounds terribly condescending…