Tristan Burke

Concert Films and Eco Dread. Varda/Kiarostami/Tarkovsky/

Favorite films

  • The Last Movie
  • Festival
  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
  • The Last Waltz

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  • Lost Highway

    ★★★★½

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★

  • Visitor Q

  • Mad God

    ★★★★★

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  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    ★★★★

    Man is the bourgeoise and woman is the proletariat

    That line from the film, supposedly something that Friedrich Engels once said, is an apt summation of L'une Chante, L'autre pas. The film champions chorality amongst women, both in the abstract and the literal, focusing on Suzanne and Apple: two young women with a connection so deep that it survives vast distances of both time and space. Their connection begins with one of them needing an abortion, tying the rest of…

  • Monterey Pop

    Monterey Pop

    ★★★★★

    Genuinely one of the greatest cinematic portals I've ever seen. It's more than just a time capsule. Monterey Pop is physically and temporally transportive. American direct cinema and concert film at their finest. 

    Part of me is saying: "Tristan, stop idealizing and romanticizing the hippie movement. It's something you weren't a part of and it included a dream that was often problematic in its execution and never permeated into the mainstream and died in disillusionment. Stop dwelling on the past…

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  • Straight Up

    Straight Up

    ★½

    Straight Up was such an annoying and frustrating viewing experience for me, so I'm just going to list my grievances with it.

    •""poor""white millennial character who's only ever depicted in lavish spaces, wearing lavish clothing

    •tired indie-dramedy shot composition: one or two characters framed in the corner or bottom of the screen, with the rest of the frame consisting only of empty negative space 

    •loathsome characters doing loathsome things and it's supposed to be funny?

    •it wants you to think…

  • Fantastic Fungi

    Fantastic Fungi

    ★½

    Being that I'm fascinated by mycology and like Paul Stamets, I was excited to finally check out Fantastic Fungi. I think fungi in their totality get a pretty bad rap, likely due to molds and the inherent aversion to decomposition that we humans seem to have. Hopefully this documentary was able to shift some doubters' perceptions on the magic of our fungal friends, but boy if it wasn't kind of a mess.

    Maybe it's because I already knew a lot…