In my chronological journey through American cinema, I saw it fitting to include some avant-garde works in addition to the popular films that more people might be familiar with. Salomé is an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play of the same name, which is in itself a retelling of John the Baptist’s execution in the New Testament. The film is generally considered a significant work of avant-garde cinema, while also an early example of queerness on screen. The story…
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Entrancing, meditative, emotionally devastating, I had high hopes for Drive My Car but no disappointments. Although the film is filled with long scenes, repetitions, silences, three hours seemed to fly by effortlessly, all the details assembling into a conclusion that would have brought me to tears if I were one to cry at movies. I am spoiler tagging this review, just because I have details I want to discuss and I’m glad I went in without much knowledge of the…
Translating one’s own feelings into words for any film is difficult, especially when it is a personal favorite. So thoroughly abstracted, Tarkovsky’s Zerkalo is one that especially evades such words. I don’t think I will be able to say anything that hasn’t already been said, but being so intensely personal and visceral, to capture each individual experience is part of Zerkalo’s overwhelming beauty, and each interpretation varies from the next. Tarkovsky is by no means a political director, but this…