When it was originally released in 1973, Fantastic Planet immediately attracted considerable attention from critics who praised its surreal atmosphere, singular animation style and design. Undeniably, a good chunk of the reason why this film instantly became (and perhaps continues to be) a bottomless well for interpretation is owed to the artistic stamp left by Roland Topor. … Continue reading Fantastic Planet (1973)
I’ll be honest here: I have been gearing up to write on the subject of film criticism for a long while now. Sadly, finding motivation to sit down and write is a challenge for me these days. In fact, I wanted to write an article on this subject (my problems with motivation) as well, but … Continue reading On Criticism: The Death of a Review and Who Is a Critic These Days Anyway?
Although the fourth episode of our new show has dropped a few days ago (you can find the official PR and links to the show here on CLAPPER), I thought I’d take this opportunity to say something more than just a few words carefully designed to tease this podcast and entice you to have a … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 04: Black Sunday
Some films are results of a burning passion to tell a great story. Some come from a bleeding soul trying to describe extremely complex emotions using the language of moving images. Some come from more simple desires to offer entertainment to their audiences (and there’s nothing wrong with that). And then, there are some that … Continue reading I Care a Lot (2020)
All throughout his career Michael Haneke has been busy putting a scalpel to the wealthiest classes and flaying them methodically – layer after layer – to expose their flesh and the intricately woven network of delicate cardiovascular vessels pumping their azure blood. However, while doing so he has also been struggling with his own perspective … Continue reading Understanding Michael Haneke: Caché (2005)
Stanley Kubrick referred to his 1956 noir caper The Killing as his first mature film. However, as Roger Ebert famously pointed out, it may be inappropriate to single it out as some kind of a fork in the road, let alone a watershed moment that set Kubrick on a trajectory to the pantheon of greatest filmmakers in history. Just … Continue reading The Kubrick Appreciation Project: The Killing (1956)
I have to admit that when I was sitting down to watch Greenland, I wasn’t really expecting much. In fact – I have to come clean – I was more or less looking forward to ‘veging out’ on a Saturday night while looking at Gerard Butler (for whom I do have a bit of a soft spot) … Continue reading Greenland (2020)
Episode 2 of our new podcast is now live! I thought I might as well start sharing this here too: (a) to increase visibility of the show and (b) maybe to offer a few notes of personal commentary on this whole project. After all, even though we are working as a team on this, The … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 02: Assassination Nation
When Assassination Nation received a decidedly warm reception in Sundance 2018, Sam Levinson – who wrote and directed it – most likely did not anticipate his moment in the sun was going to be short-lived. Despite a generally positive critical consensus (with a few scathing takedowns peppered in the mix as well), the film did not become … Continue reading Malcolm & Marie (2021)
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