A Film Rumination: Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Guy Maddin (1988)

February 22, 2011 § 7 Comments

8/10 (Very Good)

Guy Maddin’s first feature film is a spectacle to behold.  A classic sort of frame story devolves (positively) into a dreamlike wandering in an alternative Iceland, with strange preachers, bark fish, a woman discovered on the shore wrapped in nets, young girls floating down rivers in coffins…  Maddin manipulates silent black-and « Read the rest of this entry »

A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

February 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

8/10 (Very Good)

Atomic Cafe (1982) is a scathing documentary on the atomic age created from archival film from the 40s-early 60s.  The scope of the material is extensive: military training films (often the most morbidly hilarious and poorly acted of the bunch), television news, various other government-produced propaganda films « Read the rest of this entry »

A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

7/10 (Good)

Multiple works by the famous Japanese novelist Kôbô Abe were turned into successful movies by Hiroshi Teshigahara (the most well known is A Woman in the Dunes which was nominated for two oscars, including best director). So while browsing the internet looking for other films inspired by Kôbô Abe’s works « Read the rest of this entry »

A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

November 13, 2010 § 7 Comments

8/10 (Very Good)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) is by far my favorite Rainer Werner Fassbinder film I’ve seen and like all of his films, an acquired taste.  I’ve not always appreciated his works — I barely tolerated The Merchant of Four Seasons and managed to watch only half of The Marriage of Maria Braun (I did enjoy Veronika Voss). However, « Read the rest of this entry »

A Film Rumination: The Wind Journeys, Ciro Guerra (2009)

November 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

7/10 (Good)

On strong recommendation from my sister I finally got around to seeing this unusual Colombian film.  I have to admit, I know very little about Spanish language cinema (especially from the Americas).  Regardless, I found The Wind Journeys a fascinating experience — one « Read the rest of this entry »

A Film Rumination: Muriel, or The Time of Return, Alain Resnais (1963)

September 24, 2010 § 6 Comments

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7.5/10 (Good)

Delphine Seyrig has always been my favorite French actress — this was mostly based on her icy, regal, and hauntingly beautiful role in Alain Resnais’ seemingly impenetrable masterpiece, The Last « Read the rest of this entry »

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