Eliecer has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time…

  • Lumière and Company

    Lumière and Company

    ★★★

    It is rather telling that it is David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and Peter Greenaway, the biggest egos on display here, who can't appreciate the constraints of the cinematograph and the pre-cinematic time of actualities and comedies. Instead, they opt for the evocation of montage.

    The best neo-Lumières in this homage are by Jacques Rivette, Spike Lee, and Idrissa Ouédraogo. The first understands that almost every type of shot was available at the beginning, the second that actualities, like photographs, have a peculiar pre-cinematic temporality that haunts, and the third replicates the vivacity of Lumière comedies.

  • The Pearl Button

    The Pearl Button

    ★★★

    Beyond Patricio Guzmán's platitudes about the life-creating affirmations to be found in water and the stars, and some ugly reiterations of ugly contemporary documentary modes (beginning with the editing and the way music is used), The Pearl Button is a superior film to the much-lauded Nostalgia for The Light (2010). From what I remember, the latter film is akin to emotional exploitation that reaches its most irresponsible point in one sequence. It occurs when Guzmán makes the mothers and widows…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★

    There's healthy masculinity and toxic masculinity. Moonlight becomes a film of interesting layers if it is interpreted as a criticism and inversion of the latter through its referents to gangsta rap (and since we're in the realm of cinema, also the blaxploitation movie and its influence on that music genre). Needless to say, the music in the film's soundtrack is extremely important, both as plot synopsis and character set up.

  • Où en êtes-vous, Jean-Marie Straub?

    Où en êtes-vous, Jean-Marie Straub?

    ★★★

    Straub takes part in the cat videos simulacra. Maybe we are like Ancient Egyptians after all and now it is easier to embalm our cats.

  • This Is Korea!

    This Is Korea!

    ★★★

    “This is Korea, a peaceful land once. Lakes, villages, and mountains where the rice grew. Men and women worked and people lived for living. Until the ruthless red hand of Communism reached out to snatch it.”

    “You can light your cigarette in the gun barrel.”

    Written on a bomb “From Sam, To Whom It May Concern”

    Turns out war ain’t as simple as young men dying and old men talking. It was the prestige of the uniform and the romanticism of being a tool of history that got things moving. The action is the juice, that's what life is all about baby! Indoctrination that WORKS.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eOIZoFcims

  • The Mechanical Butcher

    The Mechanical Butcher

    ★★★

    The Lumière Méliès themselves before Méliès.