• I Knew Her Well

    I Knew Her Well

    ★★★½

    #4 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by yuri2005.

    Wondrous and stupefying cinematography, exotic locations, versatile as a Nouvelle Vague eccentricity by Godard with the storyline structure of La Dolce Vita (1960) and noticeable Ettore Scola plot splashes. The cast is to be envied and Sandrelli is, once again, a revelation in tragic acting and pop-fused electricity. However, where is the soul? Where is the cathartic delivery of the superficiality of it all? The business is dark; so…

  • End of Contract

    End of Contract

    ★★★½

    Directed by Letterboxd user St-Christian Aldrin.

    Pandemic angst, complete uncertainty of the future, soul-sucking job routines and literally colorless monotony is the message in Aldrin's work reminiscent, in his own words, of cinéma vérité and early Jarmusch, but that unintentionally is, in my eyes, the foreign lost Covid-times child of Lisandro Alonso's Liverpool (2008), with the peculiarity that the return is no longer planned as a pandemic has struck the world.

    Being reminded of Alonso is a gigantic feat to…

  • Song of Avignon

    Song of Avignon

    ★★★★½

    You know what cognitive dissonance is? It's a disharmony between two streams of thought, or in the case of appreciation of artforms, two stimuli provoking opposite reactions. I use that term a lot in my reviews (tons, really). Mekas is no stranger to Brakhage-like techniques when it comes to communicating real-life scenarios, documenting life in a spectacular fashion.

    This short film exercise is special, as the voiceover, robotic and monochromatic by intention, is the second most existentialist narration you will…

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★½

    #3 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by LaloRetro

    Retrofuturistic aesthetics limited by the frame, but desperately trying to expand the viewer's mind without achieving so. The film itself is unstable in its endless possibilities and unknowns, caught in its own complexity and pervasive visual invasiveness, its intoxicatingly dark aura that it does actually become dull, having a catastrophic twist of style in the final act and dragging a lot in the middle. It's not about being able…

  • The Age of the Earth

    The Age of the Earth

    ★★★★★

    #2 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by jefcostello1967

    For all eternity, we shall always keep in mind that Rocha, one of the two greatest philosophers in Latin American film history, was the one that marked the works of Jodorowsky. Both are titanic revolutionary juggernauts: loud, orgiastic, messianic and counter-political beasts. This is the only decade I can specifically pinpoint, however, in which I can identify Rocha's output surpassing Jodorowsky's work in the same decade; their ideas were…

  • The Parallax View

    The Parallax View

    ★★★★

    #1 out of 6 recommendations by Twitch followers

    Recommended by Pretentious Froslass

    Perplexing Technicolor neo-noir filmed in stunning Panavision, stunningly shot by the famous Gordon Willis with a mastery of light and shadow that he developed during The Godfather (1972), framing like a Japanese master. The pulse-pounding paranoia aroma and the conspiracy signature is present here, in one of Pakula's finest and hands down his most audiovisually experimental, adapting Loren Singer's novel to great "American" effect, like a worthy successor…

  • Radioactive

    Radioactive

    ★★

    My deepest faith was deposited in Satrapi, but then I forgot she made a film about an evil talking cat and a good talking dog.

    A catastrophic screenplay confuses the true purpose(s) of the agenda behind Satrapi's (?!) latest biographic account about her love life, family dynamics, teaching lessons, traumas, Sheldon-like rants and... oh, also her Nobel prizes about... radioactivity I think, and a bunch of affected people.

    Seriously though, the way the film minimizes such a significant figure and…

  • Twilight

    Twilight

    ★★★★★

    1) You are in a big, white room, cube-shaped, entirely made of white, in an unknown, ethereal realm, unvisited by man. Only white domains over that big, empty space. In the middle of the room, there is a white table holding an enormous, transparent bowl full of water. The bowl is in equilibrium, flawless, perfectly shaped and in balance. Suddenly, two doors open from the high ceiling and a cascade of petrol falls inside the bowl. The doors close. In…

  • The Fifth Seal

    The Fifth Seal

    ★★★★★

    "9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

    10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

    11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto…

  • The Funeral

    The Funeral

    ★★★½

    Accessible does not necessarily mean simple, and in the case of this auteur, the more "accessible" moviemaking conventionalisms allow him to explore complex character arcs through relatable situations that more people can grasp. Death surrounds death, and Ferrara not only believes in the carnal birth, but in the spiritual struggle, and a religious cathartic reconciliation.

    I would take this over Coppola's 90s gangster rendition gladly as it ventures into the realm of the application of self-justice in spite of the…

  • Dangerous Game

    Dangerous Game

    ★★★★½

    Unrated Version

    A pervasive darkness invades every frame in one of the most disturbing films of the decade. The initial message is left clear until the film spells that truth literally right in front of you in a less discreet manner halfway through: fiction and reality are interchangeable; both are permeated homogenously into the psyche. Why? For a simple reason: I have always believed that art is the exteriorization of the artist's soul. Any artform reveals a portion, seldom minor,…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★½

    I like how the film opens with a parallel between the Mexican Day of the Dead festivity and how the ghosts of the pasts are haunting us, implying that it is us that keeps them alive, and the only way to get over them is looking at them straight to the face.

    I like how many scenes play like a throwback to the Sean Connery days, from the most simple elements like the closing-scene car, to the From Russia with Love fight in the train.

    I love the opening tracking shot.

    I find Daniel Craig's belly amusing.

    I dislike everything else.

    53/100