Archive for August, 2012

Taste of Cherry

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #45: Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry. Apparently, the entirety of Iran is a giant gravel-pile construction site. That’s the impression given in this film, and considering how little I know of the country due to my own nation’s sanctions against it, I’m going to choose to assume that Iran […]

The Great Dictator

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #565: Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Not Chaplin’s greatest work, but certainly a strong propaganda film. What struck me most is the ignorance with which the prison camps and Jewish ghettos are betrayed. There are some obvious instances early in the film where it seems as […]


the clouds are whitest at night as I pretend cricket rasps change their shape. My illicit cigar, a scent of bourbon in my empty glass, dog’s fur under hand, a filament for numb fingers fumbling while cicadas sing.


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #47:Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Insomnia. Ever need a good night’s sleep so badly that you just stop caring about anything and everything around you? Your morality foggily disintegrates, your goals become disjointed, your ego shrivels, and even your id is only capable of short bursts of primeval action. That’s what life […]

Henry V

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #41: Laurence Olivier’s Henry V. There’s an awful lot of British “Adieuing” in this play about the Battle of Agincourt. Had to get that out of my system. This is film that is best talked about in terms of its historical context, which Bruce Eder’s Criterion essay does and […]

Empire of Passion

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #467: Nagisa Oshima’s Empire of Passion. What goes around comes around; and in this tale of lust, murder, guilt, and insanity, a circle motif appears time and again as a reminder. Many Japanese period pieces feature characters with the agency & power to change their world; or failing that, […]