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)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Religion · Sci-Fi · Soviet Union

#888 Stalker (1979)

#888 Stalker 1979 // Soviet Union // Andrei Tarkovsky Criterion Collection (LINK) Wandering in the Zone It’s weird to say I absolutely love Stalker (I would say it’s one of my top 10 favorite films of all time) even it’s utterly beyond my logical comprehension. I have watched Stalker three times, each time my confusion grows and thickens… Continue reading #888 Stalker (1979)

Drama · France · History

Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 11 Lancelot of the Lake 1974 // France // Robert Bresson   Bresson’s attempt to achieve a perfection in the art of cinematography, in contrast to the condemning “cinema”, is idiosyncratic and honorable. It is Bresson’s Holy Gail and, unlike Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table, he succeeds eventually… Continue reading Lancelot of the Lake (1974)