Eliecer has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2016.

  • Hasta la victoria siempre

    Hasta la victoria siempre

    ★★★★

    Came to say
    Let’s all pray
    Hooray, Hooray

    Oh Che

    He's wearing a red star
    Smoking his cigar
    And when he died
    The whole world lied
    They said he was a saint
    But I know that he ain’t

    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che

    He just wanted to make the world a better place for you and me to live

    Oh Che
    Oh Che
    Oh Che

    Oh Lord, you gotta help me now to find my way
    Oh Che

    - Suicide & Spacemen 3

  • The Janitor

    The Janitor

    ★★★★

    In pace with the vanguard with We Can't Go Home Again (1973), The Janitor is Nicholas Ray's metaphorical and bitter self representation in short film form. The figureheads of Cahiers and worshipers of the cult of the artist are the ones going down on Ray in the short. Ray, the marginalized filmmaker of the 70s and deposed figure of the classic period. Ray, the janitor.

  • Chameleon Street

    Chameleon Street

    ★★★★

    So it turns out that mumblecore is reactionary cinema. Alex Ross Perry in particular ought to be paying royalties and damages to Wendell B. Harris Jr.

  • D'Annunzio's Cave

    D'Annunzio's Cave

    ★★★★

    Spectral dissonance.

    "In technological modernity, we can track an ongoing sense of being haunted—by language, images, commodities, bodies. And yet it’s increasingly easy to feel, especially if one has a seat at the table, untroubled, fleshed, streamlined—all crispness, fluency, and versatility. However, it’s also very easy to feel—this especially if one does not have a seat at the table—like a zombie or an animal (I would say “ghost” but ghosts sometimes speak)." - Robert Fernandez

  • The Hurricane

    The Hurricane

    ★★★★

    “Long ago, I heard him say that if he had wings, he would fly home.”

    But then the hurricane came and destroyed a homage to Murnau and imitations of Sternberg’s subordination of the story. Still, what amounts to be the complete film is wonderful, if not a missed chance for a masterpiece.

  • The World Moves On

    The World Moves On

    ★★★★

    We all solemnly swear to safeguard the family, to deny ourselves for the family, and in all circumstances, to put the needs of the family first.” - Girard family pledge

    An underrated film that was hated by Ford and is only referred to in passing by Tag Gallagher.

    It’s not so much that history repeats itself, but rather it is the strings, the invested interests driven towards power and money that have remained constant throughout the ages. In The World…

  • L'Aquarium et la Nation

    L'Aquarium et la Nation

    ★★★★

    Straub's materialism surfaces again, he uses texts from Malraux and an extract from La Marseillaise (1938) to take part in what has been called remix culture. But there is no redundancy here, there is only amplified meaning.

    It is not easy for a fish to see its own aquarium, just like it is not easy for countrymen to see their nation's wrongdoings when nationhood is treated like a religion. The blind man who still has the grace of seeing says…