Deliriously unsubtle. Works at somewhere between the crossroads of Jean-Luc Godard and Commedia dell’arte. Real state of the nation stuff, though I’m not entirely sure where director Radu Jude’s mindset is at. Whilst narrating the film’s flabby middle section he comes across as a nihilistic contrarian, but the film’s comedically seasoned final act makes us consider whether he’s really just a troll in an art film director’s clothing. If so, respect.
Kitchen sink realism rendered through Brisseau’s own heady imagination: student revolutions, cultural westernisation, and boobs, lots of boobs. Not as moving as Céline or as provocative as Secret Things, but with an indelible charm and humour all it’s own — Bruno Cremer is a force of nature.
What happens when you combine the obnoxious visual approach to music of Baz Luhrmamn, the historical revisionism of Tarantino, the rapping ability of Will Smith and the problematic whitewashing of a ninth grade history textbook with the intolerable narcissism of Lin Manuel Miranda? Hamilton!, A frighteningly popular piece of music theatre that asks young people to look up to slave owners who set up the apparatus of systemic racism that still cripples the lives and socioeconomic development of millions of people…
The Films of Karsten Runquist
Pine (2018), Rhubarb (2020) & Wave Sounds (2020)
The essence of the cinematic art form is something much debated and discussed by film scholars, artists and regular moviegoers for more than a century now, but if there was one overriding point that could most likely provide the through line between all of these arguments it would be that a film, like any work of art, must “say” something. It must try to convey a message, or…