Category Film

21 things about Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent

Even though I don’t think it’s possible to “spoil” this film, I should mention that this post has spoilers. The Seventh Continent is a movie about a mother, a father, and a daughter – a bourgeois family – who commit suicide. It’s Michael Haneke’s first film. His stylistic influences stand out, most notably those of Robert […]

10 things about Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin

Under the Skin is about an alien who drives around Scotland in a van seducing and kidnapping men. Jonathan Glazer also directed Sexy Beast. But Under the Skin is nothing like Sexy Beast. Except perhaps in their being unfaithful to their respective genres. Some shots have a documentary feel to them. I think they were […]

10 things about Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow is Panos Cosmatos’ first and only film. The film is about a girl named Elena trapped in Arboria, some sort of new age hospital. The events take place in 1983, though there is a flashback to 1966. The founder of the hospital is dying. A younger doctor, Barry Nyle, seems to […]

10 things about Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together

Happy Together is about the romantic relationship between two men from Hong Kong. They visit Argentina, but break up during the vacation. Most takes look like the covers of 90s rock/techno/industrial albums. Canted angles, saturated shots of highways, blue skies and night clubs. The two main characters both sleep with their blankets over their heads. […]

10 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German director part of the New German Cinema movement. Between the age of 21 and his death at 37, Fassbinder directed over 40 movies. The Marriage of Maria Braun, Fassbinder’s most successful film, is about Maria, a woman who marries a solider (Hermann). Her husband returns to the war after […]

10 things about Spike Jonze’s Her

Her is about a sensitive writer named Theodor Twombly who, after divorcing his wife, falls in love with an artificially intelligent operating system named Samantha. It’s nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for best picture. This movie has what is probably the most beautiful “phone sex” scene ever filmed. Even though the characters are saying […]

10 Things About Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio is about Gilderoy, a British sound technician, called to Italy in by director Giancarlo Santini to work on what turns out to be a giallo film about witch trials. If you’re not thinking about David Lynch within the first 5 minutes of this movie, you’ve probably never seen a Lynch movie other than The […]