Tag Archives: cinema

Experimental Cinema, Jack Chambers’ Hart of London

Jack Chambers’ masterpiece of experimental Canadian film carries within it some of the purest moments cinema has to offer. Chambers’ sprawling form of experimentation straddles the fine line between so called high and low art. Adopting an anodyne viewpoint, he … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review

Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Beautiful Poem: Kiarostami’s Life, and Nothing More…

Life, and Nothing More… is breathtaking in its simplicity. What may be seen as an overt metaphor is instead realized on a deeply spiritual and philosophical level. Kiarostami gracefully allows the film’s landscape to breathe life through the film. He places … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews (capsule) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Misstep in Film History: Wim Wenders Wings of Desire and Its Masterpiece Status

Although Wenders’ film is masterfully crafted, with some absolutely glorious camera movements, use of light, black and white, and colour, the script reeks of pretense. Wender’s narrative, well intentioned as may be, is too self serious to convey fantasy, yet … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews (capsule) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Lovers and a Bear (Nguyen, 2016)

An intriguing relationship drama wherein Northern spirituality guides lost lovers in facing their troubled past. Notably high concept, spiritual guidance acts through ancestral links such as blood and poetic links such as love and intuition. It also acts via a … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews (capsule) | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Revisioning of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog – All Episodes Reviewed and Ranked

What I take most from this complete revision of the Dekalog is that Kieslowski never truly left documentary cinema. While the films in this series are, of course, fictitious, penned by Kieslowski in collaboration with Krzysztof Piecewicz, these stories are a way of examining the truth of … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1965)

A fine film in most regards, but not a masterpiece. Cinematic elements undermined through overuse of literary form within ill suited contexts. Dubbing aside, experience of the film is hampered by at times awkward speech & abrupt quotation seemingly contrived … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews (capsule) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies, 1988)

This is a different sort of review. I never meant to write a formal piece, but I ended up watching the film an unprecedented three times in three days, and I want to share the experience by posting various informal … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

25th Hour (Lee, 2002)

Overall an excellent film with stylistic tendencies and visual appeal. Spike Lee’s direction is fluid and committed, giving the viewer a strong sense of his aims and themes. In spite of this, the film suffers from some notable pacing issues, … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Magnolia (Anderson, 2000)

With rapid editing, montage, multiple climaxes, inter-cutting, etc. there’s much to pay attention to and so much more to easily gloss over. Nearly the entire film plays out like its in this perpetual climax where each character is about to … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews (capsule) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment