Fragments (2021)

Fragments (2021) At the end of each year in the history of the human species, a non-existent movie is released in non-existent theaters for exclusive showing among the recently deceased. The hooting and cheering, the hissing and screaming, all flow like wheezing ducks caught in the ventilation system. Worse are those moments of ghastly silence … More Fragments (2021)

Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985) 銀河鉄道の夜, (Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru) Gisaburo Sugii helmed this gathering of future anime masters, who stitched together. and added to complete, fragments of a composition by Kenji Miyazawa that had become one of Japan’s most popular children’s stories.  A young cat/boy, Giovanni, falls asleep on a hill outside his … More Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Crash (1996)

  Crash (1996) For me, there is considerable difference between reading a book and seeing a film adaptation. David Cronenberg channelled J. G. Ballard’s cold, metafictional novel of individuals using car crashes as a way to incite sexual pleasure. This steely dissociation is something Cronenberg magages to visualize, pursuing his interest in human flesh as … More Crash (1996)

Umbilical World (2018)

Umbilical World (2018) British animator David Firth compiled 13 years of macabre humor into this crazy quilt of paranoid nightmares. Internet surfers will recognize favorites from YouTube past and marvel at the stylistic unity that emerges from this retrospective of experimental, underground art. Independent in every sense of the word, David Firth joins the company … More Umbilical World (2018)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Nouveau Roman attacked and devoured cinema’s demand for movement by cubistically shattering narrative into multiple perspectives among three central unnamed characters. One plausible storyline could involve actor Georgio Albertazzi seeking to seduce and abduct the beautiful but enigmatic Delphine Seyrig from Sacha Pitoëff who might be her husband. … More Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

After Life (1998)

After Life (1998) A masterpiece of understatement and spiritual surprises, written and directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, this movie presents a group of people, who turn out to be recently deceased, interviewed by a film crew that asks for a favorite memory, which the crew then dramatize so each person can have that memory with them for … More After Life (1998)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973). Awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, this innovative feature-length animation was directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, based on the 1957 novel Oms en série by French writer Stefan Wul. Its allegorical structure concerning the conflict between … More La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)