Dedicated to an inconsistent volume of write-ups since 2016.
Top 4 will rotate when I can be bothered.
Strange, detached and psychedelically composed with a refreshing guerrilla dirtiness - 'Los Conductos' was a pleasant surprise and without fully understanding the political subtext, it is clearly a personal film for Restrepo. The folding in, the cyclical images revealing more about themselves over time, the fables that become part of the fabric of the work and the unexpected magical realism - many of these things call out to auteurs like Jodorowsky or even Lisandro Alonso, but the themes on display…
Entertaining, interesting enough and it doesn't particularly glorify the downfall of new-hollywood (of course it was inevitable). Worth a watch for some of the talking heads with Schrader, Hopper and co. but there are many books that examine this strange period of American cinema with much more detail and articulation.
A nightmarish fairytale, a terrifyingly subversive Southern Gothic, a Mitchum Tour-De-Force, a neo-expressionist tableaux, a vision of pure evil and the good that conquers it, a fable on the importance of family, a moral dilemma, a masterclass in the horrors of the human condition, an examination of the brutality of our collective childhoods punctuated by a resounding declaration: it's a hard world for little things.