Favorite films

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Nights of Cabiria

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  • Pas de Deux

    ★★★★★

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Mortal Fight

    ★★★★

  • Joy

    ★★★½

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: King of Blackmailers

    ★★★½

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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★★

    In my eyes, Pedro Costa is one of the most exciting, interesting, and important directors currently working. This is due to his principles as a storyteller and filmmaker, to which he adheres resolutely, making him a unique voice in cinematic history. Because of this I'm going to start off this review by explaining my fascination with his work in basic and broad terms.

    An organic approach to stories. The stories Costa works with stem from lived experience, while not being…

  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants

    ★★★★★

    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps the…

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  • Pas de Deux

    Pas de Deux

    ★★★★★

    Does so much with so little, leaving nothing to be desired. Makes a lucid case for uniquely cinematic qualities and the power of cinema to recontextualize and expand upon traditional art forms. Qualities which belong to cinema are often taken for granted as cinematic properties. Pas de deux allows you to savor and meditate on these, facilitating a deeper appreciation for the moving image and the manipulations to which it lends itself. And if you don’t care all that much for…

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Acquaintance

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Acquaintance

    ★★★½

    The costumes go absolutely crazy in this relatively sober adaptation. Particularly as compared to the entirely hopped up Cumberbatch rendition. Because of this the mystery loses some of its inventiveness, but still makes for entertaining viewing.

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…