Favorite films

  • Earth
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Recent activity

  • Palm Springs


  • The Man Who Planted Trees


  • Daybreak Express


  • Emma.


Pinned reviews

  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela


    In my eyes, Pedro Costa is one of the most exciting, interesting, and important directors currently working. This is due to his principles as a storyteller and filmmaker, to which he adheres resolutely, making him a unique voice in cinematic history. Because of this I'm going to start off this review by explaining my fascination with his work in basic and broad terms.

    An organic approach to stories. The stories Costa works with stem from lived experience, while not being…

  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants


    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps the…

Recent reviews

  • Night Awake

    Night Awake


    Sometimes, something starts. One is caught in an avalanche, a cascade of frequency illusion. Points of data in this chaos of information ethereally surrounding us are illuminated, mapping out some divine pattern one simply cannot refuse but to follow. You see the white-noise wall of things that exist. The very same one that in your mind's eye has seemed dead flat, impotent even, for so long that it has become static. Equal intensity at different frequencies. Post-start, the same wall…

  • Nothing to Laugh About

    Nothing to Laugh About

    This was much more grim than expected. Spineless, artless, masturbatory, self-satisfied pile of suffer-porn. This COULD be dismissed and added to a long list of perfectly decent movies that pulls off the same gimmick. I'm sure you will know the kind I'm talking about. The against-all-odds discovery of sincerity, emotional connection, and optimism in the bleak face of disease or disability. Point taken, Nothing to Laugh About might be one of the most manipulative incarnations of this with one of…

Popular reviews

  • L'Avventura



    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert


    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…