As a lifelong cinephile, I have always consumed a copious amount of films. In this new feature, I keep track of the films I watch during the week. (Also, Click here to buy my book of thoughts on film, Eye of the Beholder, on Amazon!)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
dir. Charlie Kaufman
Sophisticated, surrealist and slightly experimental movie about relationship apathy and paranoia, as well as the representation of a heterosexual relationship in cinema. It’s not as good as it thinks it is. I would suggest watching Jean Cocteau or Alain Resnais instead.
The Cemil Show
dir. Baris Sarhan
Caught a preview online screening of the show ahead of its premiere at the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam. I will be respectful and avoid making any comment on this movie before its proper premiere.
dir. Karishma Dube
A short film based on tragic, true events, exploring the relationship between old generations and future generations, children and adults, students and teachers. As moving as it is brutal in depicting its message.
Le Petit Soldat
dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Godard’s film about secret services in the midst of the liberation of French colonies. While considered a minor Godard classic, in all honesty, this feels like the lesser companion piece to Breathless, even mimicking its narrative structure with the exception of a torture scene, which feels quite outdated by today’s standards.
My Favorite War
dir. Ilze Burkowska-Jacobsen
The filmmaker chronicles her life as a child in Soviet Latvia from the ’60s to the ’90s. To be sure, it is a moving story unearthing more valuable details about those times. The animation is also fine and original. But the narration with poor acting and in heavily accented, Eastern European ears is way too rough on the ears for its feature duration.
dir. Seijun Suzuki
Ok, if you are looking for a perfectly symmetrical storyline, this is not it. But, it is impossible not to highly regard this stylistically exciting Yakuza movie by a master of the genre. Influenced by American popular culture and adorned with fun fight sequences, Tokyo Drifter is a wonderful post-modernist pastiche with amazing sets recalling anything from classic westerns to musicals of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
El Arte del Tobaco
dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Nothing more, nothing less than a silent documentary about how the craft of handmade Cuban cigars and the art of their decorative boxes, accompanied by beautiful music representative of the country’s tradition.
dir. Pepe Danquart
A simple, yet timeless and effective narrative short film about racism. Set on a tram – a setting that presents a clear metaphor for moving history – and critical of the bigoted intolerance, Black Rider comes with a sense of hope and a positive stance from a country still mortified by its past of Nazism and racial laws.