Eli_Berger has written 2 reviews for films with no rating during 2017.

  • Moon Warriors

    Moon Warriors

    a miracle of wuxia that indeed has delights of kinetic friction in its fight scenes but resonates most as a sort of eclogue. the middle of the movie becomes a travelogue told on horseback--a white horse with a red velvet saddle trots through the woods, on the beach, and in fields (fields which are abundant with yellow flowers and white rabbits). lanterns make the fishing village resplendent in the night scenes like a bygone paradise. one can sense the anxiety…

  • Anatahan

    Anatahan

    one of the rare films that seems to operate on a self-contained, almost oneiric plane (e.g. melo, la captive)

    most relevant new detail in my second viewing:

    the nude scenes, absent from the censored version i had seen previously, are noticeably restrained. von sternberg depicts his lead actresss, akemi negishi, almost like a renaissance nude. the narration stands in for the male gaze, a collective of anonymous horny sailors with an old new york accent, but the camera's neo-classical poise…