• Post Tenebras Lux

    Post Tenebras Lux

    A very strange experience. Still not completely sure what to make of it. There are certainly moments that I loved, namely the beach scene, the driving scene, and the piano scene... And on the other hand, there were scenes I hated. But to be fair, with an opening sequence THAT beautiful, it would be hard for any film to not feel like a slow decline afterward...

    This film won Best Director at Cannes in 2012, and it's very clear why.…

  • The Wolf House

    The Wolf House

    What the fuck... but more importantly- HOW the fuck...?

    That's okay, I didn't want to sleep tonight anyway. I'll just lie awake, eyes unblinking, staring above, at a blank canvas of my bedroom ceiling, convincing myself that the creaks from outside the door are just the house settling, and not a pig with human hands who wants to eat me.

    I won't say I particularly *enjoyed* this experience - more so was just anxious and disturbed, HOWEVER. It gets many stars for the sheer amount of dedication and craftsmanship alone... One of the most creative films I've ever seen.

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    Whoa... This was insanely good. So, I've never seen any of Bo's other specials, but I've seen some of his videos, I've seen Eighth Grade, and I know about his backstory. This film is the thing that really made me realize how talented this guy truly is. This introspective, comedy, documentary, musical, chamber piece is all done by himself - and contains some really clever uses of lighting / composition to make one room feel like... more. Most of the…

  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    Absolutely horrifying. One of the best mini-series I've ever seen. Binged the entire thing in a single day - it's that engaging... Ignoring the fact that it's not filmed in Russian, every single performance was fantastic, and I know I'll remember them for a long time to come. Each episode has at least one scene that stands out as extraordinary.

    The railway bridge scene in Episode 1 might be my favorite of the whole show - one of the most…

  • In Wake of the Crashing Dawn

    In Wake of the Crashing Dawn

    Hi everyone :) My new short film, In Wake of the Crashing Dawn, is finally available to stream! Find it at "youtube.com/brucetetsuya"

    This is the first passion project I've directed since Nightjar (which was shot fall of 2018, and IWOTCD was completed end of February 2020... Over a year in between passion projects definitely left me time to grow as a filmmaker, and also learn from mistakes. I spent majority of that time working in NYC, shooting for brands, and…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    In the past I've only reviewed films on here that I'd feel comfortable rating a 10. While Sound of Metal isn't quite there, something about it left me compelled to write. A short letter of appreciation to so many nuanced lessons and themes on life, in a package I wasn't at all expecting to learn from...

    This is not a movie about metal. It's not even a movie about music. In such a brilliant trojan horse move, this piece sneaks…

  • On the Silver Globe

    On the Silver Globe

    "Only the shreds of memory remain..."

    Despite being "unfinished", On the Silver Globe stands to be one of the most radical, creative, and unapologetically profound pieces of cinema I've ever seen. After seeing the horror masterpiece Possession this week, Andrzej Zulawski has quickly shot up on my Favorite Directors List.

    This film is just revelation, after revelation - like if Terrence Malick made a fucked up version of Dune, and then half way through production, his home country halted production…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    "What is this darkness...?"

    Only through the trials of monotony will we find salvation, or at least, the desire to know all truths. As the winds wear us down, and questions begin to arise from the sea, cracked & aging, we will still carry that fire. The light is part of us. We are nothing without it.

    This film, is in many ways, the black and white, depressing, antithesis to my favorite film of all time, Terrence Malick's The Tree of…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    "Cranes like ships, sailing up in the sky...
    I can't get those silly verses out of my head."

    Spinning is my head, from being without you - like the spiraling staircase leading up to your room.

    Like fires of war are the flowing veils from your wedding dress. My vow, lost to the wind, hidden in plain sight - hoping somehow it will find its way to you.

    ...

    Running past picket fences so fast, it's as if the frames…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    "I woke to the sound of bells..."

    A masterfully crafted piece of cinema - though not something I would want to immediately rewatch. More of a long forgotten dream resurfaced, than it is a movie. Going into Sátántangó, I was skeptical of this 7+ hour runtime being justified. No film NEEDS to be seven hours long. But harkening back to my initial takeaway from this experience, it doesn't feel right to categorize this as a normal film.

    Sátántangó's effectiveness in…

  • The Color Wheel

    The Color Wheel

    Like Frances Ha, but instead of a black & white, charming coming of age masterpiece about friendship, chasing dreams, learning to love oneself, and a party scene where the guests probe the idiosyncratic lead actress to the point of discovering that what they do is hard to describe because they "don't really do it", The Color Wheel is a black & white awkward flurry of words, with off-putting characters around every corner, occasional strange, surreal, almost Lynchian vignettes, and a party scene…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★★

    "Is that the sound of birds?"
    Jackie is a stunning portrait of grief, a haunting glimpse into one of America's defining moments, and in all honesty, probably my now favorite biopic of all time. One of the best shot films of the 21st Century, with Stéphane Fontaine's career defining 16mm work. Director Pablo Larraín has created something out of the ordinary with this picture.

    Ultimately a collection of gorgeous & melancholic vignettes, every single frame oozes with atmosphere and intentionality. The…