Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - July 17, 2019

Benton, Michael Dean. Around the World in 15 Films (2) Letterboxd (Future Film Course Plan)

Dowd, A.A. "Hereditary is the most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages." A.V. Club (January 23, 2018)

Fraga, Victor. "Elisa and Marcela (Elisa y Marcela)." Dirty Movies (February 13, 2019)

Griffiths, Kate Doyle. "Seen and Heard in When They See Us." Commune #3 (summer 2019)

Morrison, Benedict. "Inarticulate Lives: A Reading of the Opening of Terence Davies The Long Day Closes." Movie #8 (2019)

My Own Private Idaho (USA: Gus van Sant, 1991) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Nemes, László. "Sunset." Film Comment Podcast (March 13, 2019) ["Academy Award-winning director László Nemes sat down with FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold on Saturday, February 9 to discuss Nemes’s Sunset, which opened Film Comment Selects earlier that week. The film evokes a vision of a world order on the verge of violent collapse, telling the story of an orphaned young woman, Irisz, searching for her mysterious brother in the nightmarish labyrinth of pre-World War I Budapest."]

Schrader, Paul. "First Reformed." Film Comment Podcast (June 21, 2018) ["“Although religious symbols and themes have often found their way into Schrader’s film work, First Reformed marks the first time he has applied elements of transcendental style—as extolled in his seminal book Transcendental Style in Film—to his own filmmaking. Early in his career, Schrader was occupied with exploring the pathological lure of sex and violence in narrative cinema,” Aliza Ma wrote in her review of Paul Schrader’s First Reformed for our May/June issue. As part of our Film Comment Free Talks series, Schrader joined Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold for a conversation about the twists and turns and leaps in the writer-director’s career—from starting out as a critic and UCLA film student in the ’60s, to writing screenplays for Taxi Driver and Last Temptation of Christ, to directing films from Blue Collar through First Reformed."]

Michael Benton -- Originally saw this when it was released in the theaters & the psychosexual worms/caves, mixed with eroticism/violence, was a bit too much for my young mind to handle. First 1/3 is corny fun, 2nd 1/3 picks up steam (provides good background/cool imagery), the last slips into bonkers surrealism. The worm, is one of the all time worst realizations of a monster, but who cares when you have Amanda Donohoe doing a marvelous job of vamping it up as the priestess/villain. The scenes of fishnet stockinged, stewardesses slithering in Lord James D'Ampton's feverish dream and Lady Sylvia Marsh's seduction of an unfortunate hitchhiker are bawdy fun. Ken Russell directed (and if you know him, you know what that means) and early acting roles by Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant. Based on a Bram Stoker (Dracula) novel. On MUBI for a day or two more....

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