Monthly Archives: November 2014

Interstellar (Nolan, 2014)

Interstellar holds a number of amazing moments, but instead of using these moments as an entry point to create depth, Nolan diminishes these moments by gleaning over them, moving to the next point, and thus delimiting what could have been. … Continue reading

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Brief thoughts on Hou

There’s something quite awkward, even unrefined in the long takes of Hou’s more languid, observational films, especially those regarding youth culture, and yet this restrained approach to the quotidian somehow has an inescapable power of attraction. At times bizarrely mundane … Continue reading

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Millennium Mambo (Hsiao-Hsien, 2001)

An eerily evocative atmosphere is drawn via the contrast b/ween hyperactivity and introspection, energy & its absence. As with most HHH, the film gains power in retro-activity. It is a cinema of accumulation wherein each minute piece of the quotidian … Continue reading

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Goodbye, South, Goodbye (Hsaio-Hsien, 1996)

Captures Hou’s transition from nostalgia for childhood to nostalgia for youth. And those roads!! And those songs!! His films capture with such grace a time in a person’s life. Through nostalgic eyes, they look back and melancholically appreciate the simple … Continue reading

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Inarritu, 2014)

With a theatrical presence bolstered by long take, wide-angle cinematography, the disheveled is renewed vis-a-vis the ultimate rejection of intellectual thought,critical inquiry, labels and slogans—i.e. the rejection of bullshit. A social satire directed at the superficial nature of show business, … Continue reading

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