• Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★★

    "Ain't life grand?"


    Transcendental, powerful, beautiful.

    I'd say that there are about 10 or 15 films that move me as much as Babylon. A film made for film lovers, a film that was made and released for me at the right moment, a film that truly matters. I-I just don't even know how to properly describe how important this film is to me. It's one of those films that create such catharsis in me that I am left completely drained,…

  • The Human Condition

    The Human Condition

    ★★★★★

    A devastating, poetic, beautiful, exhausting, hopeful, hopeless and ultimately spiritually affecting masterpiece. One of cinema's greatest achievements, one of the best films ever made

  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★★

    "The one who screams the loudest is not the bravest"

    The single most disturbing film I've ever seen. I'm too devastated to write anything cohesive about it.

    Truly a life-changing film.

    Reminds us of what humans are capable of and of how genuinely horrifying war is.

    Dear God...

    Ok no nvm some more elaborate and concise thoughts now that I've let it sit in for a little while:


    A challenging film and somehow more draining than the first part. Road…

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    ★★★★★

    I-I honestly don't know what to say, I'm drained, emotionally drained from this beautiful spectacle of human emotions.

    This is all what cinema and art should be, a deep, complex, challenging, beautiful, harrowing… I could just recite every adjective available in the English vocabulary and that still wouldn't do justice to the sheer magnitude of this masterful work of art… and this is just one third of the full story, I am impressed, I am in awe, I can't believe…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    I did not think this could be that good. Despite all the praise this film has been getting I always felt reluctant towards it for some reason but decided to give it a chance and I'm glad I did.

    One of the most affecting and memorable films of the year. The Banshees of Inisherin is a fascinating and sober look at relationships, the toxicity that can emanate from them as a product of the environment that surrounds those that are…

  • Mr. Klein

    Mr. Klein

    A man chasing his own conscience in a setting where everything reminds him of his actions and fills him remorse, since he can't undo the evil he's done he tries to hunt down that one thing that reminds him of who he truly is, in this film's case it is the other Mr. Klein we never see or that at least we are not told we see who symbolizes this sense of guilt, he symbolizes Robert Klein's conscience.

    As the…

  • Godland

    Godland

    Comparing this stunningly unique and mystical film to some all-time great directors that crossed my mind while watching it would be extremely reductive, because despite being heavily influenced by Tarkovsky's and Makick's capturing of nature, Bergman's spirituality and exploration of man's relationship with God and Angelopoulos' and Dreyer's stillness and contemplativeness, Hlynur Palmasson's spiritual opus has such a unique feeling, atmosphere, technical and thematic execution that describing it with words is a near-impossible task; one must watch, witness and experience…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★★

    While watching this I was disgusted, I was provoked; my jaw dropped several times, I had to hold my breath in many scenes due to how tense (and intense) they were, I was shaking in some scenes, I wad sweating in others, I was left in awe by many shots and sequence, I laughed out loud at many dialogues and extreme situations the characters put themselves through, my eyed got teary many times as well until the film reached a…

  • The Voice of the Moon

    The Voice of the Moon

    ★★★★★

    "But if there was a little silence,
    if we all allowed a little silence, one might be able to understand something"

    Fellini's most existentialist and contemplative work.

    A film about encountering the final stage of one's mortal journey and one final attempt at understanding what cannot be understood through thought but that can be comprehended a little bit more if we just stay quiet, listen and let dreams and emotions travel through us.

    A perfect swan song, a perfect film,…

  • Ginger and Fred

    Ginger and Fred

    "The young watch television twenty-four hours a day, they don't read and they rarely listen. This incessant bombardment of images has developed a hypertrophied eye condition that's turning them into a race of mutants."

    -Federico Fellini

    In 1983 Federico Fellini started an unofficial auteur trilogy that I will call the "love letters to cinema trilogy". And The Ship Sails On (1983) is a love letter to the immortal power and endurance not only of cinema but of art as a…

  • Marius

    Marius

    I've come to the realization that the thing I admire the most about French Cinema, and most especially the one from the 1930s, are the character dynamics, and Marius is the perfect example of how great character dynamics can get to be.

    The film follows a similar structure to the ones René Claire's dramatic efforts from the same time had (Under the Roofs of Paris, Quatorze Juillet), but as much as I love Claire's films Marius surpasses them in every…

  • Until the End of the World

    Until the End of the World

    ★★★★★

    Director's Cut (5 hours)

    Wim Wenders' masterpiece, the ultimate road movie, two journeys with different destinations but that take the same path: one is a journey running away from one's self-destructive past where the goal is a brighter future and a better self; and the other is a self-destructive and egotistical journey disguised as a selfless one where the goal is one's home and roots. Wenders once again gives us two perfect strangers who are internally collapsed, and in this…