Spawn of Brazilian Marxists named after an ABBA song, searching for the sublime in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the sublime.

Favorite films

  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Ordet
  • Le Plaisir
  • Scorpio Rising

Recent activity

  • Beware of a Holy Whore

  • Buchanan Rides Alone

  • Forbidden

  • Le Million

Recent reviews

  • Beware of a Holy Whore

    Beware of a Holy Whore

    The slow-mo shindig of a stalled film production, just another workday for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cinema is the titular harlot, Hollywood in any case, artists and artisans and hangers-on and groupies are the torpid idolaters, "kind of a commune." The Sorrento Coast doubles as a Spanish villa for the pellucid backdrop, the main stage is a lobby featuring a steady flow of Cuba Libres and a jukebox stocked with Leonard Cohen dirges. The director has the film stock and nobody…

  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    Buchanan Rides Alone

    Midway through the Budd Boetticher-Randolph Scott run, a poetical treatise on the toll of getting a good steak in a bad spot. All the easygoing soldier of fortune wants is to settle down, between him and his stretch of land in West Texas is the border outpost ruled by a trio of pig-bellied brothers, "quite a town." Sheriff (Barry Kelley), judge (Tol Avery) and hotel manager (Peter Whitney) are all cut from the same corrupt cloth, the stranger smiles until…

Popular reviews

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    Fear Factor + One. Perfect. Shot. ≠ Tarkovsky

  • L'Avventura


    The modern girl who vanishes and is replaced, the ancient vase that's broken with a shrug, "it figures." The foundation is Rossellini's, Michelangelo Antonioni's dilation ponders Europe and its ominous, vacant spaces. "Islands, I don't get them," says the dowager aboard the yacht, voicing Shelley's complaint ("stones, stones, stones, nothing but stones!") as a gigolo's hand idly creeps under her blouse. The Roman diplomat's daughter (Lea Massari) can no longer endure "the usual uneasiness" and evaporates in the volcanic Mediterranean…