Eliecer has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2014.

  • Journey to the West

    Journey to the West

    ★★★★½

    What was slow motion?

    This film is Tsai Ming-Liang’s answer (I suspect) to those who would accuse him of navel-gazing. Contemplation lies in the fulfillment of ephemeral and ordinary actions and movements regardless of time (in shot length), and any acuity of feeling resulting therein is an addendum outside of the filmmakers’s control (or conditioning, as it is said by Tsai Ming-Liang and The Diamond Sutra) but inside the viewer’s experience. Thus CCC and Slow Cinema are useless terms and…

  • The Virgin of Pessac

    The Virgin of Pessac

    ★★★★½

    During their convention one gets the impression that the townsfolk are about to elect a new goddess of the universe, yet the chosen girl is the personification of modesty. All the pomposity of the ceremony is concentrated in the person of the town major, who is an obvious reincarnation of the Légion d'honneur chasers that Flaubert ridiculed.

    La rosière de Pessac is a companion piece to Le Cochon. Both are neo-Lumières, elaborate non-fictions. Anti-cinema vérité that reveals ancestral facts.

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★½

    Lit cigarettes as continuity marks. A dog will keep you company but a cat will open up new destinies. One of the great neo-noirs.

  • From Today Until Tomorrow

    From Today Until Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    The camera turns the opera into an intimate affair, wherein we witness a symphony of physical movements, entrances and exits from the frame, and most astonishingly: faces. Where does your hidden smile lie? It depends on how many frames it takes to show it.