Criterion Collection · Drama · Philippines · Violence

#874 Insiang (1976)

#874 Insiang 1976 // Philippines // Lino Brocka Criterion Collection (LINK) Starting from the first image of Insiang, a squeaking pig is slain directly with a knife to its throat while being hung upside down in a slaughterhouse, Lino Brocka’s volatile blend of realism and melodrama is aimed to be brutally grim and indelibly blunt in the following… Continue reading #874 Insiang (1976)

Adaptation · Drama · History · United Kingdom · United States · War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Belgium · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · France · Slow Cinema

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles  1975 // Belgium, France // Chantal Akerman Criterion Collection (LINK) The Mother and the Whore Before watching Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, I had learnt two things from what I read on cinema: the film itself is one of the best… Continue reading #484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Bangladesh · Criterion Collection · Drama · India

#687 A River Called Titas (1973)

#687 A River Called Titas 1973 // Bangladesh // Ritwik Ghatak Criterion Collection (LINK) Ritwik Ghatak’s penultimate 1973 film A River Called Titas taking place in East Bengal indeed echoes a lot from Soviet masters, like Alexander Dovzhenko, in its use of montage as well as profound and elegiac landscape shots. It alludes to Jean Renoir’s The River (1951)… Continue reading #687 A River Called Titas (1973)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#864 Being There (1979)

#864 Being There  1979 // USA // Hal Ashby Criterion Collection (LINK) Holyification of Innocence The ending scene from Hal Ashby’s 1979 film Being There has been stuck in my mind perpetually after only viewing the film once several years ago, it’s arguably a WTF moment. The well-dressed gardener, played by Peter Sellers, that we have been following… Continue reading #864 Being There (1979)

Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Cult · Horror · Independent Films · LGBT · United States

#863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)

#863 Multiple Maniacs 1970 // USA // John Waters Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s A Mad Mad Mad World I’m still finding words to articulate my thoughts on John Waters’s second feature film Multiple Maniacs. I’m speechless, stunned and feeling nausea right after the film ends. The film is grotesque, outlandish, outrageous, and above all, insulting. It’s only slightly… Continue reading #863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)