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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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  • Nomadland



    How do we live conscientiously and responsibly? How do we find ourselves in a world that actively pushes us to sacrifice our deepest desires? How do we find others when self-isolation becomes an increasingly feasible path of least resistance for many?

    These are the sorts of questions Nomadland asks, as Frances McDormand's Fern lives through the conflicts presented where her identity meets her environment. The exploration of these conflicts is a quiet and subtle one, with an intensely humble and…

  • Summer of 85

    Summer of 85


    Caught this as the final film show at BIFF this year. While it looks glorious on the grainy 16mm stock used here, it also follows very closely to Call Me By Your Name, at least superficially, down to the nostalgia laden upbeat hits of the soundtrack. The biggest difference being this taking a turn for the darker. Its a strangely diverse film, touching on both the comedy and thriller genres, yet always coming back to the drama which anchors the…

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  • 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…