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October 15, 2021

Nanfu Wang’s I Am Another You

I Am Another You was made by Nanfu Wang in 2017 when she was 21 years old. This is a young person’s film. Wang was on […]
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October 15, 2021

What’s Wrong With Schindler’s List And Right With The Load

It’s been 17 years since I saw Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. I remember crying in the theater, but when it was over I felt that something […]
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October 15, 2021

The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother was written and directed by Nicolas Pesce in 2017. It was his first film and was produced by Magnolia Pictures. It […]
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October 15, 2021

Carlos Reygadas’s Japón

Carlos Reygadas’s 2002 movie Japón uses the three core ingredients from Ingmar Bergman’s cookbook, death, sex, and god. Death, and its attendant fear, provides the engine that […]
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October 15, 2021

Beauty and Tragedy in Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

Beanpole is a visually beautiful film. It is full of saturated color and warm light, but from the first seen to the last, it presents one […]
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October 13, 2021

The Zoological Existentialism of Domestic

If you look up the credits for Adrian Sitaru’s film Domestic in The Internet Movie Data Base the seven leading actors and actresses are listed first, followed by the […]
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October 11, 2021

The Personal And The Symbolic In Óscar Catacora’s Powerful Film Eternity

It is difficult to move after watching Óscar Catacora’s 2017 film Eternity. It takes a moment or two to find your way out of its pall. […]
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October 11, 2021

Electric Dragon 80.000 V

As a film, Electric Dragon 80.000 V is a bizarre onslaught of sound and fury. As a Japanese film, it’s not that out of the ordinary. With […]
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October 11, 2021

Why Many Mainstream Movies Are Boring

Mainstream, Hollywood films are too often boring. They pummel us with explosions and car chases or tug desperately at our heartstrings with sentimentality and romance, […]
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October 10, 2021

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return

There is more than one return in The Return, and each return orients the narrative in a different direction. Depending on who is returning and from […]
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October 7, 2021

The Unfulfilled Potential of The Wall

Julian Roman Polser’s 2013 film The Wall is frustrating. It has an interesting premise, a beautiful location and some very nice cinematography but it is all but […]
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October 7, 2021

The Value of Viy

Viy is unconventionally wonderful. As a horror film it isn’t scary, as a character portrait it is a little shallow, and as a morality play it […]
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October 4, 2021

The Red Phallus: A Harrowing Film From Bhutan

The Red Phallus is a brutal film. It treats its characters in a blunt matter of fact manner, where there is little room for rationalizations, […]
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September 30, 2021

The Wolf House A Completely Unique Film

The Wolf House has a look and feel like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It uses stop motion animation but exploits the technique in innovative and […]
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September 28, 2021

Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid

Issa Lopez’s 2019 film Tigers Are Not Afraid has a strange relationship to Tarkovsky’s Stalker. It has too many Stalker like elements to be a coincidence. Tigers Are Not Afraid is set […]
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September 28, 2021

Lee Isaac Chung’s Powerful Film  Munyurangabo

Munyurangabo is a powerful and intense film. The film has nothing but the bare essentials necessary. Its minimalism throws everything into stark relief. The ingredients are […]
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September 28, 2021

Before Parasite There Was Borgman

Seven years before Bong Joon-ho made Parasite, Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam released his film Borgman. The two films have superficial as well as substantive similarities in both […]
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September 26, 2021

If You Haven’t Seen A Tsai Ming-liang Film, Start With The Hole

Tsai Ming-liang films can be difficult to watch. The slow pacing is sometimes challenging, the randomness as well, and his films can also burst into […]
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September 17, 2021

The Quiet Absurdity of Sylvio

Absurd films can often be aggressive. They throw bizarre imagery at you in order to make you laugh and to challenge your perceptions. Sylvio is completely absurd […]
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September 12, 2021

Niles Atallah’s Rey

Niles Atallah’s 2017 film Rey is a cascade of associations and references. The premise and plot are simple. It is a decent into madness, road […]
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