CERTIFIED WEIRD: Béla Tarr’s Sátántangó (1996) is a masterpiece

The seven-hour myopic, nihilistic, and dystopian Hungarian masterpiece from Béla Tarr, Sátántangó, captures a moment in time closer to the actual reality of the situation better than almost any other film in existence. It’s painfully long and exhausting, by design, and doesn’t take any creative liberties off the table. It’s a film with so much pessimism embedded into its code that any other line of thought is almost impermissible considering the circumstance and lack of authority. The shared apathy of the characters towards themselves, others, and their dire circumstance is a danger to all and Tarr explores this utter disconnect from the reality, a pseudo-reality showing people for what they are, not idealizing a piece of this story. It’s disheartening, cold in the depiction, constantly raining that never ceases to stop, creating an atmosphere of distrust and egocentricity that poison’s the town. It’s an impossibly cruel seven-hour watch and hard to imagine the film conceptually, but is the one film, outside of a similar project in terms of length and story structure, Masaki Kobayashi’s 9-hour masterpiece The Human Condition, that authentically conveys what it means to be human and the human disposition. It’s a towering achievement in storytelling and I’m incredibly happy art like this exist in the world. … More CERTIFIED WEIRD: Béla Tarr’s Sátántangó (1996) is a masterpiece

CERTIFIED WEIRD: Ingmar Bergman pushes the limits of provocation with his made-for-TV-movie The Rite (1969)

It all culminates in the presentation of the act – a mock-pagan staging, with the overdramatized, blasphemous masks and costumes, leads to mock-pornography that purposefully provokes. … More CERTIFIED WEIRD: Ingmar Bergman pushes the limits of provocation with his made-for-TV-movie The Rite (1969)

CERTIFIED WEIRD: Cannes Palme d’Or Winner Titane Marks the 2021 Highpoint of Weird Cinema

Titane is an acid-laced experience, hard to describe in exact words the sensation of it. Julia Ducournau’s body horror, Palme d’Or winning film takes the completely unhinged premise of a symbiotic relationship between woman and machine, slaps on a complex human drama, and lingers on the one question that holds your attention to the last moment. Outside of the batty story, the sheer energy of the filmmaking and performances give way to a strange type of horror that is unconventional. … More CERTIFIED WEIRD: Cannes Palme d’Or Winner Titane Marks the 2021 Highpoint of Weird Cinema

The Best Damn 501 Films Ever Made: Part Seven (199-150)

Part One – Part Two – Part Three – Part Four – Part Five – Part Six –Part Seven – Part Eight – 199. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Dir: John Cassavetes (2) DP: Al Ruban (2), Mitch Breit (2) Editor: David Armstrong (1), Shila Viseltear (1) Writer: John Cassavetes (2) Starring: Gena Rowlands … More The Best Damn 501 Films Ever Made: Part Seven (199-150)