Sex and Lucia (2001)

And the Story Starts Again Halfway Written reality. I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing this soon after Ruiz’s Proust. Both about writers creating a life. Time folding. Narrative layers. The three sisters from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ here named Alsi/Elana, Lucia (the Alice, an anagram, in fact one that Carroll used) and Belin. The story… Continue reading Sex and Lucia (2001)

Bilitis (1977)

Wonder In collecting my old IMDB comments for moving to this site, I find a few hundred missing — possibly a thousand. There was an era in IMDB history — before Facebook and Twitter — where IMDB was a social media hub. My comments were an attractor for the worst sort, and they ended up… Continue reading Bilitis (1977)

The Erotic Experiences of Frankenstein (1973)

Dead Bits Arise Most people watch Franco it seems specifically because it is junk, or so they think. The cheapness and (for the era) exotic nudity must give some sort of trailer park thrill. But these films seem important to me. The reason is that today’s most exciting cinema comes from the Spanish tradition of… Continue reading The Erotic Experiences of Frankenstein (1973)

Irreversible (2002)

Kubrick for Dummies One of the giants of film, Kubrick’s contribution was an exploration of plastic narrative within the story. A simple story just happens and the narrative stance is one of simple observance. Kubrick looked at competing perspectives, for instance ‘2001′ shifts among three perspectives (the human, HAL, the new consciousness), each with its… Continue reading Irreversible (2002)

iMurders (2008)

Kernel Panic You know what? This is pretty incompetent in a few ways, but the incompetence works for it. This is a murder mystery of the old school. You are introduced to characters. Murders are being committed. Clues are placed around. Many suspects and many motives are given. There is a chatroom angle, but that… Continue reading iMurders (2008)

Inspector Gadget (1983-86)

The Token Investigator This is about the series in general. My perspective is one that is a bit egg-heady I suppose. I study film and the evolution of film and how it sees itself. One milestone in any evolution is when something becomes so well known, so surrounded by its meaning that it becomes material… Continue reading Inspector Gadget (1983-86)

Insomnia (2002)

Waking Life The element that makes cinema unique is the ability to fold: to shuffle time and narrative both by the mind and eye. Nolan showed great promise with ‘Following’, built around a very ambitious narrative structure. It moved the notion of narration way in front of the camera and even beyond, in front of… Continue reading Insomnia (2002)