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Favorite films

  • Iruvar
  • The Black Cat
  • The Sword
  • Moonfleet

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  • There Is a New World Somewhere

  • Bhavantarana

  • Timecop

  • The Commuter

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  • Nemesis

    Nemesis

    Elegance isn’t the first word that comes to mind when watching a Pyun film however the wealth of texture and ingenuity in his low-to-no-budget filmmaking almost makes it seems appropriate in pinpointing a particular quality to them which is seldom felt from other similar genre works. Ever the inspired and industrious filmmaker, Pyun is able to conjure an action cinema out of nothing but an industry’s detritus, producing a relationship of production which grows (in)organically alongside his cyberpunk dystopian visions and dissolves the normally distinct line between the narrative worlds and the modern-day conditions on which they’re built.

  • There Is a New World Somewhere

    There Is a New World Somewhere

    Class anxiety and wanderlust spurred on by middle class job insecurity and the looming financial crisis. The direction sometimes underplays the attempts at scrutinizing its characters yet more distracting is the antiseptic illustration of their journey through the American South. An excursion through New Orleans feels as detailed as a postcard which weakens any cathartic impact it has on the characters. In the face of a common lack of engagement within American films with their characters’ livelihoods and how it shapes their relation to their surroundings, it’s worth noting when issues of economic concerns are broached and how they present themselves in these existential narratives.

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  • Remains to Be Seen

    Remains to Be Seen

    In an interview with David Grillo, Solomon describes the difference between his and Brakhage’s films by noting that, “there’s no sense for me of a body actually behind the camera as oppose to lets say Brakhage, where you almost always feel the human physicality behind the camera in his photographed work.” This distinction seems clear in how both filmmakers approach illustrating life, aging, and death - Brakhage overwhelms the senses while Solomon focuses them and whereas Brakhage’s films are always…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    There’s a certain energetic pulpiness to this film’s nasty streak that I haven’t seen in Wan’s other films; the quality is at best infectious and at worst a little too content in its own devices. It allows Wan to lean more heavily than usual into his excesses though, finding room in the material to stage a hypnotherapy session like a psychic séance and decorate a Seattle Underground chase scene with a lot of cobweb-riddled antiques. The comprehensive synthesis of genre…