Criterion Collection · France

5/10/2017 (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Agnès Varda’s Closet Picks)

What I’ve been watching MUBI: Vanishing Point (Raúl Ruiz, 1984) – Letterboxd I’m mostly perplexed by the disorientated non-linearity and fragmented plot, decoding the film is an implausible practice to say, yet there are incessant moments of intrigue that keep beguiling you, for instance watching the repeated card games between various players in different location is unexpectedly… Continue reading 5/10/2017 (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Agnès Varda’s Closet Picks)

Diary · Drama · France · Portugal · Surrealism

3/10/2017 (Raúl Ruiz)

What I’ve been watching MUBI: City of Pirates (Raúl Ruiz, 1984) After the film ended, I immediately replayed it from the beginning, that’s how absorbed I was by this feverish dream; The word surrealism is too generalised and reductive for categorising this film, baroque, refracted reality, virtual space, distorted nightmare, magical realism, all words seem… Continue reading 3/10/2017 (Raúl Ruiz)

Crime · Diary · Drama · United States

1/10/2017

What I’ve been watching Theatrical Release:  Good Time (Dir: Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie) overall an admirable film, infused with electrifying score and captivating neon cinematography, even though I find the profound use of close-up is very frustrating half of the time; my major problem is how the plot unfolds, the aim of Robert Pattinson’s character… Continue reading 1/10/2017

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · France

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle 1966 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Probably the first truly Melvillian film, refined and restrained, expansive in scope yet abstracted thematically, Le Deuxième Souffle (also known as The Second Breath) features various cliches of gangster and heist films and transcends them to the level of existentialism. As in other Melville’s film,… Continue reading #448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · France

#447 Le Doulos (1962)

#447 Le Doulos 1962 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Jean-Pierre Melville had made only thirteen full-length features throughout his life, Le Doulos situated exactly at the middle of this marvelous oeuvre, continuing the commercial and critical success of the preceding film Léon Morin, Priest (1961) with the French New Wave icon Jean-Paul Belmondo, and anticipating the subsequent… Continue reading #447 Le Doulos (1962)