Archive for Film Reviews

SHADES OF MEDIOCRITY: A REVIEW OF UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (2019) BY EDWIN RIVERA

SHADES OF MEDIOCRITY: A REVIEW OF UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (2019) BY EDWIN RIVERA

If, as Orwell observed, each person gets the face that they deserve at age fifty, then could we say that in 2019 we get the films that we deserve? In this era of distraction it makes sense to pile on the noise with all the…

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The Lost Art Of Calling Toads: A Review Of <em>Suspiria</em> (2018) by Edwin Rivera

The Lost Art Of Calling Toads: A Review Of Suspiria (2018) by Edwin Rivera

“Truth’s a dog must to kennel.” So says the Fool in King Lear, after he’s threatened with a whipping for revealing bitter truths to his royal master. How many artists in their waking dreams have taken critics to task for their leveled judgments, if not…

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Solid Gold Easy Action: A Review of 42nd Street Forever (5 Volumes) by Edwin Rivera

Solid Gold Easy Action: A Review of 42nd Street Forever (5 Volumes) by Edwin Rivera

Imagine visiting a grindhouse in Times Square circa 1973. Your nostrils are immediately assaulted from the smell of Trojans liberated from their packets, boric acid, rat turds, Microbrand-X disinfectant and the quick-drying fluids unfortunately associated with the Clorox industry—not to mention good ol’ mary-go-juana. The…

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From <i>Jeanne Dielman</i> to <i>No Home Movie</i>: Requiem For A Mother by Etna Ozbek

From Jeanne Dielman to No Home Movie: Requiem For A Mother by Etna Ozbek

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brusselsis a glorious requiem for many women. In its 3h45m running time we witness three days of Jeanne, a housekeeper, a widowed mother, and a daytime prostitute. Her days consist of cooking, cleaning, making the beds and unmaking the…

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Review Of <i>Paris, Texas</i> (Directed by Wim Wenders, 1984) by Tom Yoannidis

Review Of Paris, Texas (Directed by Wim Wenders, 1984) by Tom Yoannidis

Paris, Texas opens with an expansive, aerial view of the desert. It isn’t clear where we are exactly, but the landscape is reminiscent of Monument Valley in John Wayne’s Stagecoach and The Searchers. Over the top of this picturesque scenery, we hear a lone slide…

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Review Of Mulholland Drive (Directed By David Lynch, 2001) by Tom Yoannidis

Review Of Mulholland Drive (Directed By David Lynch, 2001) by Tom Yoannidis

Mulholland Drive continues in the tradition of great films about Hollywood’s dark side: Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950), one of director Lynch’s personal favorite films, John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust (1975), and Robert Altman’s The Player (1992) immediately come to mind. However, I…

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Review Of Safe (Directed By Todd Haynes, 1995) by Tom Yoannidis

Review Of Safe (Directed By Todd Haynes, 1995) by Tom Yoannidis

The opening shot of Safe reels us right into the world of the film—broody synthesizers and organs play over a long take from the perspective of a driver making their way through a hilly neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. There’s no…

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From Jeanne Dielman to No Home Movie: Requiem For A Mother by Etna Ozbek

From Jeanne Dielman to No Home Movie: Requiem For A Mother by Etna Ozbek

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brusselsis a glorious requiem for many women. In its 3h45m running time we witness three days of Jeanne, a housekeeper, a widowed mother, and a daytime prostitute. Her days consist of cooking, cleaning, making the beds and unmaking the…

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Review Of Paris, Texas (Directed by Wim Wenders, 1984) by Tom Yoannidis

Review Of Paris, Texas (Directed by Wim Wenders, 1984) by Tom Yoannidis

Paris, Texas opens with an expansive, aerial view of the desert. It isn’t clear where we are exactly, but the landscape is reminiscent of Monument Valley in John Wayne’s Stagecoach and The Searchers. Over the top of this picturesque scenery, we hear a lone slide…

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Janus Film Review # 1: On Pandora’s Box by Edwin Rivera

Janus Film Review # 1: On Pandora’s Box by Edwin Rivera

“Consulting my journal, I found the latter experience recorded with the baroque extravagance that seems to overcome all those who pay tribute to [Louise] Brooks.” Kenneth Tynan Pandora’s Box, a silent film directed by the Expressionist George W. Pabst,was released in 1929, during the spice-and-dice…

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