Criterion Collection · Drama · Germany · United States

The Serpent’s Egg (1977)

The Serpent’s Egg 1977 // Germany, USA // Ingmar Bergman The Serpent’s Egg has been considered as one of the weakest efforts amid Ingmar Bergman’s output, and perhaps best remembered as Bergman’s first film made outside Sweden during his exile due to the lawsuit of tax evasion in which Bergman eventually won the vindication at the… Continue reading The Serpent’s Egg (1977)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Music · Sweden

#71 The Magic Flute (1975)

#71 The Magic Flute 1975 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) The low rating I gave to Bergman’s highly acclaimed The Magic Flute reflects my fundamental disinterest in “filmed opera” and, to a lesser extent, “filmed stage play” (for instance Bergman’s After the Rehearsal is another example). I find them aloof and boring,… Continue reading #71 The Magic Flute (1975)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

#218 Le Cercle Rouge 1970 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Le Cercle Rouge holds a very special place in my heart, it’s the first Melville film I have seen, owning to the reputation that John Woo is a big fan of Melville as well as this particular film; secondly, it’s also one of… Continue reading #218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Crime · Drama · France

Un Flic (1972)

Un Flic 1972 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville The distillation of Melville’s stylish gangster genre to a point where mannerism overrides the narrative, Un Flic was Melville’s last film before his death in 1973, and perhaps his most minimalistic, most “silent” film amidst his oeuvre. Dialogues are rarely conversated while gazings, often imbued with implicit desire,… Continue reading Un Flic (1972)

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)