Drama · Crime · United States · United Kingdom

Eureka (1983)

Eureka 1983 // UK, USA // Nicolas Roeg Even after watching Nicolas Roeg’s 1983 film EUREKA twice, I’m still uncertain whether I like it or not. There’s always a disturbing undercurrent in every Roeg’s films I have seen so far, occasionally associated with some inexplicable supernatural elements. EUREKA follows the same path, yet it’s also… Continue reading Eureka (1983)

China · Documentary

Dead Souls 死靈魂 (2018)

Dead Souls 死靈魂 2018 // China // Wang Bing 王兵 Wang Bing is one of my most respected filmmaker and documentarian. Alike Lav Diaz, his films are often overlooked (or simply evaded) due to their extreme long length. They often runs over 3 hours, and in the case of DEAD SOULS, Wang’s latest film shot between… Continue reading Dead Souls 死靈魂 (2018)

Adaptation · Australia · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#10 Walkabout (1971)

#10 Walkabout 1971 // UK, Australia // Nicolas Roeg Criterion Collection (LINK)   Two young white siblings are lost in the Australian outback, with food and water running low, they encounter an Aboriginal boy (if you’re unfamiliar with the term “Aboriginal”, it refers to the indigenous people whose groupings existed before British colonisation of Australia… Continue reading #10 Walkabout (1971)

Crime · Drama · Music · United Kingdom

Performance (1970)

Performance 1970 // UK // Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg   Like BREATHLESS (1960), one could easily view PERFORMANCE as a groundbreaking film of an fanatic vibe which is at once experimental and clumsy while not necessarily indulging with it. On one hand it’s the directorial debut of two newcomers, Donald Campbell and Nicolas Roeg, who ardently strived… Continue reading Performance (1970)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#952 The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

#952 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 // USA // Orson Welles Criterion Collection (LINK) The current and the sole release of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS is a notoriously mutilated studio version overtaking a perpetually lost longer cut originally assembled by Orson Welles. The original version is believed to be more superior and less disjointed than the version available now. Be… Continue reading #952 The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Adaptation · China · Drama

An Elephant Sitting Still 大象席地而坐 (2018)

An Elephant Sitting Still 大象席地而坐 2018 // China // Hu Bo 胡波 An Elephant Sitting on a Floor Reflecting on Existence To address the elephant in the room first, one has to contemplate the overall bleakness and the devastating tone of the film with the mentality of the director Hu Bo, and his piteous suicide… Continue reading An Elephant Sitting Still 大象席地而坐 (2018)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan · Romance

#949  A Story from Chikamatsu 近松物語 (1954)

#949  A Story from Chikamatsu 近松物語 1954 // Japan // Kenji Mizoguchi Criterion Collection (LINK) The film title, A STORY FROM CHIKAMATSU, is a direct translation of the Japanese title, annotating the source of material from Chikamatsu Monzaemon, a 18th century dramatist of Bunraku puppet theater. Masahiro Shinoda’s 1969 film DOUBLE SUICIDE is perhaps the most… Continue reading #949  A Story from Chikamatsu 近松物語 (1954)