• Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Of course as the title suggests there will be a de construction of identity and exploration of performance throughout this film. The way Elizabeth enters the room and her nurse outfit with a naïve look on her face, like an actress walking in to an audition or scene rehearsal. The way Alma is introduced with a face caked with dramatic make up making her Unrecognizable. It explores the way in which silence creates a void or black hole of discomfort to…

  • Under the Sun of Satan

    Under the Sun of Satan

    pialat shows the contradictory nature of people who are so consumed by religion, so consumed by fear of desire, wordliness, human nature, temptation, that they live more obsessed with their body, their physical being, their time on earth, that they become what they fear . not just a sinner or follower of satan but worse - a human being. there is such a sheer rejection of the self that depardieu embodies with no melodrama, no fanfare that underscores pialats manner of pulling the curtain away from the institution of religion

  • Loulou

    Loulou

    tough to put my finger on. i enjoyed watching it. nelly, always observing and figuring others out (seems she has already figured herself out well before) -- but knowing and understanding can only get her so far. at least, she is far enough to have control of her desire, partners, money. when she tires of safety, she moves on. when she is tired of danger, she moves on. her husband and her lover meet outside of a train station for the latter to ask the former... what is up with her? ofc a woman just being is a confusing sight for the men in her life.

  • Gilda

    Gilda

    I wonder how much my excitement to watch this has to do with my desire for escapism. Match Day is on Friday; I'll learn what hospital I will be completing my psychiatry residency training at in just a few days.
    The pandemic raging outside has me on edge, to say the least.

    And so, with a surprising amount of joy, I leapt at the chance to watch Gilda on the criterion channel. Shawshank Redemption's famous scene where the men in…

  • Maps to the Stars

    Maps to the Stars

    nothing like mulholland dr. this is a movie about family, the disappointment and emptiness handed down thru generations like a precious heirloom. an inescapable curse that silver spoon privileged artists love to create and carry for fear that without self inflicted trauma, embellished tragedy, then their empty meaningless weak art will be seen for what it is. a fucked up incestuous lineage that agatha and benjie inherit and fulfill and reject, ultimately in the only way they know: self destruction. i absolutely loved it!

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    Loved how Tom just had a folder of Adrian’s dead bloody body on his desk at work.

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    not much has changed since this film. the dominant ideology surrounding a pregnant woman bestows the fetus with not only life, but a life more precious than that of the pregnant woman, putting the pregnant woman and the fetus at odds and in an antagonistic parasitic relationship. moreover the fetus becomes a signifier for the mother-as-host view of women, and used as justification to forfeit bodily autonomy to women. rosemary’s vampiric fetus is protected at all costs. she is secondary.

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    the undead look like ordinary people. read: white. our black hero ben confronts the repressed undead ghouls that haunt the living. at times, the living behave like ghouls: selfish, trying to fill an insatiable void, hungry for control. control over others bodies. what is more terrifying than losing control of your repressed hidden secrets?  the film is allegorical in several ways and of course i view it with the popular read on its commentary on america and how white people…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    an extreme close up of peptobismal being poured over whiskey. a priest laying on top of a widow in complete stillness and silence until they levitate and traverse through space, mountains, forests, until they reach an industrial wasteland, the end of their journey. “everything preserved renews creation”. however, ernst tolliver seems to be the only one who thinks so. everything disavowed and repressed renews power and vitality (for the rulers) is more like it. wrap oneself in barbed wire and…

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    ★★★★★

    “Casse de Costa: I haven’t seen Daughters be put into conversation much with other films. It definitely stands on its own as a piece of work that’s incredibly unique, but at the same time, this idea that people hadn’t seen this type story before or were surprised by it really prevented people outside of academia from engaging with it as a film that’s in conversation with other films.  

    Julie Dash: It’s funny how it plays outside of the country without people…

  • Field Niggas

    Field Niggas

    khalik allah becomes one with his subjects. such grace and reverence for those he documents and speaks with. 125th and lexington is a surreal, heartbreaking, and confusing place. i act as if its a mirror i don’t want to acknowledge instead of a place where  the aftermath of many black lives exploited pick up some semblance of their identity to piece together. khalik allah sees that humanity in such a spiritual and cosmic sense that beams with black power and black pride that transcends time. unforgettable and an absolute must watch. i have never seen a film or documentary like it

  • Chinese Roulette

    Chinese Roulette

    Wow! The way the camera danced around the two massive transparent cabinets sitting dead-center in the living room, distorting and reflecting and mirroring our view of the characters through the glass. The opulent chess set that naturally draws your attention, priming you to watch it for what will be placed on it and left to sit for the third act until the game begins. 

    “chinese roulette”: split into two teams. one team isolates a person from the opposing team. the…