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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Vincent Warne April 19, 2015

"Century of Birthing" is sort of like a twisted riff on "8 1/2," were "8 1/2" written by Hong Sang-soo and filtered through the relentless somnambulistic cinematography of Bela Tarr or Tsai Ming-Liang....

Hong-Sang Soo’s filmmaker fetish

Vincent Warne March 29, 2015

As is any self-respecting art form in the modern and post-modern era, film is often a self-reflexive medium. Whether it be in canonized classics like "Man with a Movie Camera" and "8 ½", arthouse fare...

Lav Goes Long

Vincent Warne February 24, 2015

It's been a while since I last posted, but that's because I've been watching a lot of movies. Long movies. I've watched bunch of long movies this year overall, from the intimate 3-hour opus "Yi Yi",...

My Favorite Movies of 2014

Vincent Warne January 21, 2015

Ah, yes, another "Best _____ of 2014" list. I'm a little late to the party, and unfortunately, while I haven't yet seen all of the worthwhile releases of last year (the most glaring omissions being "Whiplash",...

The Poetry of Editing in “The Parallel Street”

Vincent Warne November 27, 2014

Five men are stuck in a room, forced to watch hundreds of video documents and work together to determine the shared meaning between all of them. If they do not succeed at this task before the time is up,...

Tokyo Triptych: “Tokyo-Ga,” “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,” and “Sans Soleil”

Vincent Warne November 22, 2014

Japan has always had a rich cinematic history. It has produced some of the all time greatest and most influential directors, including the international cinema giants Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, and...

“Pastoral: To Die in the Country”: Shuji Terayama’s Autobiographical Fiction

Vincent Warne November 14, 2014

Shuji Terayama's massive creativity far outweighs his recognition, at least in America. Born in 1935, he seemed to have limitless artistic energy, producing avant-garde poetry, drama, prose, photography,...

The Post-Mumblecore Brilliance of “The Color Wheel”

Vincent Warne November 8, 2014

After hearing so much positive buzz about Alex Ross Perry's new film "Listen up Philip", I decided to give his second film, "The Color Wheel", a spin. I had the opportunity to watch the film a while ago,...

The Awesome Mind Puzzles of Alain Robbe-Grillet

Vincent Warne October 27, 2014

I've been watching the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet lately. He's best-known as the writer of Alain Resnais's "Last Year at Marienbad" but after "Marienbad" he went on to write and direct quite a few...

The Horror of the Unseen in ‘Berberian Sound Studio’

Vincent Warne October 21, 2014

I've been watching a lot of horror movies lately in anticipation of Halloween. One that stood out was "Berberian Sound Studio", an independent British film from 2012. Directed by Peter Strickland, it tells...

“You Murdered the Future”: A David Cronenberg Double Feature

Vincent Warne October 10, 2014

The Criterion Collection recently added two David Cronenberg films to Hulu Plus: "Scanners" and "The Brood". I've been in intrigued by Cronenberg for a while, but I've only seen a couple of his movies...

Stranger than Paradise: The “Cool” Cinema of Jim Jarmusch

Vincent Warne September 28, 2014

Welcome to "Lights, Camera, I Like Movies!" As you may be able to tell from the title, this is going to be a blog about movies. But not just any movies. I'm going to mostly write about films that are foreign,...

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