Eliecer has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2017.

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★★

    "Like listening to a piano player tickling a few last chords on the ivories in the wee hours of the morning, when the last patrons have left the nightclub and the waiters are stacking the chairs on the tables." - Jean-Luc Godard on The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    A similar experience happened to me at a nightclub in the early morning, except I was listening to La Isla Bonita.

  • It Happened In Hualfin

    It Happened In Hualfin

    ★★★★★

    How to avoid the ethnographic camera? That colonial imbalance between those holding the camera and the people who are filmed. The are two ways: by letting the people have their say or by exalting their stories with the truth of fiction. In the latter methodology, It Happened In Haulfin follows along the tracks of Rossellini's India: Matri Bhumi (1959) and Pedro Costa's Horse Money (2014). Argentina had a great humanist filmmaker. His name was Raymundo Gleyzer.

  • Scarred Hearts

    Scarred Hearts

    ★★★★★

    The body is the inscribed surface of events. Fin de siècles happen twice or three times in a century. But what does it mean to be from one's age when you are perpetually bedridden and you don't live past your 20s? Scarred Hearts represents this situation in a tale inside a larger world of historicism and its oppressive essentialism. It inscribes its occurrences on a perpetually crumbling mass that reinvigorates itself in the act of living, until the will abandons it and the essence of life is set free. A film’s framing rarely provides this much depth and beautiful muse[um]ification.

  • Near Death

    Near Death

    ★★★★★

    Initial inclination is to think that the camera is intruding where it has everything to gain and the recorded everything to lose. In other words, exploitation; the imbalance between the spectator and the represented, with the fate of the latter being their instrumentalization as symbolic values within spaces of image consumption for the spectator. But Near Death is a commune where those who produced the images remain imaginable and therefore you (the spectator) remain imaginable to yourself. It is a…

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★★★

    Carlito’s Way is another one of those films that perfectly aligns with the somber spirit of Alan Vega and Martin Rev’s song Dream Baby Dream. Moreover, it is also a reiteration of what The Killing of a Chinese Bookie meant to John Cassavetes :

    “Cassavetes spoke to Gazzara about the gangsters in the film as a metaphor for the people who are constantly trying to steal or ruin people's dreams. Cassavetes started to cry and Gazzara saw that playing Cosmo was representing John Cassavetes and the movie was a metaphor for the director's struggles for his own dreams.”

  • Shadows in Paradise

    Shadows in Paradise

    ★★★★★

    A story on friendship and love that occurs despite work shifts, because most narrative films begin after work is over. Through cinema, the proletarians' night becomes a music influenced conscience where good intentions dawn and two choose to leave for their surreal and temporary paradise with the help of a friend.

  • Repeated Absences

    Repeated Absences

    ★★★★★

    The curtain recalls the room that the window never brought into view.

  • Repeated Absences

    Repeated Absences

    ★★★★★

    "I felt life to be a poem.
    I am a file...
    somewhere... in a drawer
    at the Drug Squad."

    The simulacra are expanding to meet the need of the expanding simulacrum.

    A disintegrating and ephemeral biography. Repeated Absences is an example of the merits of obsessive ellipses over diligent continuity. The protagonist, a Baudelairean dandy, is in search of lost time but he has confused the reflection of life for the life. And as the "fin" on screen authoritatively closes the gaps of cinema which are the gaps of time, I am left wondering whether it was me filling those gaps.

  • Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

    Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

    ★★★★★

    "Civilization is in the people. Barbarity is in the leaders. Is this barbarity intentional? No. Simply professional. Governments ignore what humanity knows. Governments can only be short-sighted: its reasons are the state’s. Humanity sees with another eye: Conscience. Governments will be surprised to learn this: Crimes are crimes. Governments have no more right than people to murder.” - Histoire(s) du Cinéma

    “Nothing conflicts more with the image of the beloved than that of the state. The state's rationale directly opposes…

  • Casa de Lava

    Casa de Lava

    ★★★★★

    “My love, being together will make life beautiful for another 30 years. I’m growing stronger and younger. I’d like to give you 10,000 cigarettes, a dozen fashionable dresses…”

  • Day of Despair

    Day of Despair

    ★★★★★

    The death of the author. The end of representation and a refusal of symbols through a long take of a carriage wheel. The keepsake photographs of the cast and film crew (the commune) and their relationship to the memory of the film's production provide the real closure in this most human and romantic of films that I have won, of my own, from my experience as the viewer.

  • The Strange Case of Angelica

    The Strange Case of Angelica

    ★★★★★

    Came into this expecting a love story, but I found even more.

    I saw a horror film about a photographer who hallucinates and dreams in motion pictures, and even more frightening: a film about non-time and non-being. It is the fright of a film chronotope that exists within a larger contemporaneous world and whose modernity is established in long shots of the city at night and day. The house of the photographer's landlady, the labor on the farm fields, and…