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New Native Cinema, Part II

Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) honors the 21st-century Natives taking on the film world in part two of our celebration of the rise of New Native Cinema.

New Native Cinema, Part I

In the first of a two-part celebration of Native cinema, Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) applauds the twentieth-century Native filmmakers who broke through to the big screen.

Peak Views: Animating Everest

French animator Patrick Imbert on adapting The Summit of the Gods, the grandness of Everest, the parallels between climbing and art, and the influence of Emmanuel Lubezki.

Best of the Fall Fests 2021

As the Covid-era festival landscape shifts yet again, our Festiville team picks the best of the films that premiered at the major fall film festivals.

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Watched twice and still far from understanding it but ya gotta appreciate Abel in full-on crazy-ass white boy mode.

an abstract visualization of the pandemic: power structures collapsing, meaningless searches for meaning, time and space bending onto itself in a digital sphere allowing one to follow actions across the globe in real time, surveilling and policing the streets in an attempt to control something uncontrollable. digital images on the brink of disintegration, camera as a weapon, socities closing onto themselves, corruption, radicalization vs. rationalization, you yourself being a risk to others safety without knowing, hand sanitizing as greeting ritual, intimacy through face masks. and Ethan Hawke being Ethan Hawke, having the time of his life in lockdown with Abel Ferrara in Rome.

HOOPTOBER OCHO #21/31
Criteria: Iran (?/6 countries)
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Kept this on the backburner for months now to save for October but goddamn did it live up to the hype I built in my head.

What a miracle of a restoration and a pretty amazing story: the original negative that was once thought to be a lost part of Iranian film history screened only one time in 1976 before being banned and destroyed by the regime and previously only available…

TIFF21. 

big year for vicky krieps and beaches

Bergman Island

Bergman Island

★★★★★

London Film Festival 2021.

I booked today off work. Woke up early. Rode the jubilee line into Waterloo. Bought a coffee. And watched one of my favourite, if not my favourite director alive’s newest film. 

I loved every second of this. This is everything I love in art. 

Maybe I will give a more in depth review sometime but for now I’m just so happy I saw this. It was beautiful.

Bergman Island

Bergman Island

★★★★

A fascinating meta-layered rumination on the artistic process, in exploring the muses that inspire us and the shadows of fiction that blend into reality. Not a direct homage to Bergman, but rather a continuation of the vast insight of his legacy, by means of stark contrasts to his work, in a story that orbits around themes of love and artistic reclamation. Mia Hansen-Løve is a master at ending her films beautifully.

Find my full review of Bergman Island on MovieBabble: moviebabble.com/2021/10/17/bergman-island-meta-reflections-on-the-artistic-process/

This one is surely for the Letterboxd users.

What tag line could interest y’all more than a film that explores Bergman’s legacy through visiting his home? A film that literally takes you on the “Bergman Safari bus” dropping random facts about his life and films constantly?

Bergman provides solace for the characters. He is both peaceful, and a mystery which they are trying to unravel. He is something they return to when they get too wrapped up in their own…

So much potential wasted in a male!

Bene Gesserit are like the space coven of Amy Dunnes and I love them. Usually in Villeneuve's movies I am annoyed with women being portrayed in old-fashioned, male view of the female role: to silently endure. Even when they are the lead of his movies their role is to quietly suffer, never lash out, never show spark (to Villeneuve's credit unlike in Nolan's films at least his female characters always feel like actual…