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

Belfast is a Heartfelt Love Letter to a Time and Place

Belfast is a film that feels so idiosyncratic to its director, Kenneth Branagh, that it had to be personally experienced in real life, making the film feel so personal to its creator. A heartfelt, crowd-pleaser that conveys such an endearing love for a time, place, and people. A joyous story that celebrates people doing their best amid any circumstance. The connection between the family and their neighbors is pure, showing a world where we’re not defined by the worst aspects, but find the good in life. Guaranteed to leave a smile on each audience member’s face. … More Belfast is a Heartfelt Love Letter to a Time and Place

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 501 Best Damn Films Ever Made: Part Three (400-350)

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6– Part 7 – Part 8 Quick Note: We’re starting to get down to some of the best films ever made. Part three introduces the Coen’s, Wilder, Tarantino, Frankenheimer, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Murnau, Kieslowski, Melville, Bong Joon-ho onto the list with innovative … More The 501 Best Damn Films Ever Made: Part Three (400-350)