The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, 2016)

The Death of Louis XIV is a counter-cultural film; counter-cultural in the truest sense in that it stands in opposition to the dominant contemporary culture and its ideologies. That dominant culture is the twins or kissing cousins of the 24-hour news cycle and the American television/streaming serial drama which equally treat death as a narrative … Continue reading The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, 2016)

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Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, 2002)

This is the J-Horror at its most methodical, although it’s not necessarily always grimly methodical. Shimizu is careful and intelligent, constructing a non-linear narrative that at first seems sloppy but reveals itself as quite tight and able to branch out into further unsettling territory with a number of unexplained, inexplicable visions of the future on … Continue reading Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, 2002)

A Visit to the Louvre (Une Visite Au Louvre, Straub & Huillet, 2004)

“Why not burn down the Louvre then, if one is afraid of what is beautiful?” Exhilarating. Why? Because Straub and Huillet, armed with just the images of the paintings discussed by Cezanne and Gasquet and their words on these pieces, have hit upon something truly thrilling (a different type of thrill than that of the … Continue reading A Visit to the Louvre (Une Visite Au Louvre, Straub & Huillet, 2004)