Spawn of Brazilian Marxists named after an ABBA song, searching for the sublime in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the sublime.

Favorite films

  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Ordet
  • Le Plaisir
  • Scorpio Rising

Recent activity

  • Betty Blue

  • The Moon in the Gutter

  • Diva

  • Daisy Miller

Recent reviews

  • Betty Blue

    Betty Blue

    "O! for a muse of fire..." Carousel music announces the flesh-bound tableau, a languid dolly-in as the passionate couple humps away beneath a print of the Mona Lisa, framed by beaded curtains. The aspiring novelist (Jean-Hugues Anglade) is happy just to paint beachfront bungalows, Betty (Béatrice Dalle) is Catherine from Jules and Jim, given the same awed-horrified voiceover treatment ("She could never bear immobility... The world is too fucking small for her"). They enjoy each other lavishly, "the forecast was…

  • The Moon in the Gutter

    The Moon in the Gutter

    "Cinéma du look" assoluto—the moon isn't a moon but a spotlight, a puddle of blood is first and foremost a splash of crimson. Such planes of artifice comprise Jean-Jacques Beineix's fetishized gambit, with eyes not on New York, New York or One from the Heart but on the very early Sternberg, The Salvation Hunters, even. As the forlorn Marseilles stevedore obsessed with finding his sister's ravisher and murderer, Gérard Depardieu dons Stanley Kowalskian shirts and crunches his way through blocks…

Popular reviews

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    Fear Factor + One. Perfect. Shot. ≠ Tarkovsky

  • L'Avventura


    The modern girl who vanishes and is replaced, the ancient vase that's broken with a shrug, "it figures." The foundation is Rossellini's, Michelangelo Antonioni's dilation ponders Europe and its ominous, vacant spaces. "Islands, I don't get them," says the dowager aboard the yacht, voicing Shelley's complaint ("stones, stones, stones, nothing but stones!") as a gigolo's hand idly creeps under her blouse. The Roman diplomat's daughter (Lea Massari) can no longer endure "the usual uneasiness" and evaporates in the volcanic Mediterranean…