We tend to make everything hold meaning for us as humans, but what the sheep and the donkey know feels deeper than allegories and metaphors and stories humans need to tell ourselves. It feels fundamental and honest and beautiful, and the movie ends the way it began, with the ringing of warm bells.
Temporada de Patos
It all just clicks, softly and almost imperceptibly. And then you don’t want your time with it to end, you want to spend more time with it, and you think about it after it’s gone, and realize that it’s much more complicated than you realize.
Sundays and Cybele – I Have Dreamed Films
He doesn’t sound bitter. And he says, I have written films since, I have dreamed films, and maybe someday another little miracle will happen, and I will make another film.
Cinematic Paradise: Jean Vigo
Vigo has been called one of the early advocates of poetic realism. And it’s true that his films are a delightful combination of near-documentary prosody with beautiful flights of fancy and dream-like forays into characters’ imaginations. But he shows imagination and poetry as an essential part of reality, not a departure from it.
Jacques Tati: Magpie Collector of Foibles
Tati is a sort of magpie of human (and canine) foibles; a collector of gestures and moments of absurdity.
Desk Set- More Power to You!
Ostensibly Desk Set is about the fear of a new world in which machines will replace human connection and take human jobs. But there’s really something more elementally beautiful about the friendships in this film, something that staves off the fundamental loneliness of being alive, being human.
A Trio of Kitchen Sink Films
Know your place: Some thoughts on three beautiful “kitchen sink” films.
November Issue, 2022
A collection of all the articles we published last month for those who like their magpies’ tidings as an issue.
Necropolis, a film by Marc Reed
Most of my videos are of lost and forgotten places, and while visiting these places I have often pondered the people that once inhabited them. Who were they…where are they? To a large extent they are here. These are the inhabitants of my “drowned worlds.”
A Face in the Crowd
The film’s themes are startlingly relevant today: the intersection of commerce, politics and entertainment; the cynicism of the entertainment industry about the intelligence of their audience.