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)

Biography · Criterion Collection · Music · United Kingdom

#20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

#20 Sid & Nancy 1986 // UK // Alex Cox Criterion Collection (LINK) Before delving into the intoxicating film Sid & Nancy, I had never heard of Sex Pistols, I have zero interest on punk rock, and I had no idea it’s indeed a biopic, or sort of inspiration from real events. The first thing the film… Continue reading #20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Thriller · United States

#163 Hopscotch (1980)

#163 Hopscotch 1980 // USA // Ronald Neame Criterion Collection (LINK) Hopscotch is the parody of espionage film, the comic essence of the ugly reality of the intelligence agency of the so-called “global police,” and above all a political satire that is as relevant today as it had been forty years ago. Still the most important part… Continue reading #163 Hopscotch (1980)

Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#890 Meantime (1984)

#890 Meantime 1984 // UK // Mike Leigh Criterion Collection (LINK) Meantime, and quite a few Mike Leigh films, are good films that I find no enjoyment out of watching. Unlike the filthiness permeated in John Waters films or the torturing cruelty displayed in films by Michael Haneke, I am simply being annoyed by the Leigh’s… Continue reading #890 Meantime (1984)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · Violence

#886 L’argent (1983)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 13 #886 L’argent 1983 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Exchange of Sin and Absence of Redemption If I have to pick the most idiosyncratic director of all time, I would definitely vote for Monsieur Bresson, who single handedly revolutionized the philosophy of cinema and championed the art… Continue reading #886 L’argent (1983)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Kazakhstan

#876 Revenge (1989)

#876 Revenge 1989 // Kazakhstan // Ermek Shinarbayev Criterion Collection (LINK) The first Kazakh film I ever watched is Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons in 2013 which I absolutely love, but thereafter regrettably I have yet encountered any more films from that region where diverse cultural heritage and ethnic origins are shared. Revenge, also known as The Red… Continue reading #876 Revenge (1989)