Blu Review: ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’ (2003) dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Second Run)

by Ruairí McCann In a Taipei caught under a thick canopy of rain, an old late night movie theatre serves as a symbolic shelter. It is the last playing ground for a vibrant popular cinema, but also its mausoleum. A net open to catch the lovelorn and lonely, a salve and conduit for their stifled fantasies. Though not for much longer, as this picture palace … Continue reading Blu Review: ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’ (2003) dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Second Run)

DVD Review: ‘The Angel Cycle: Selected Works’ by Maria Klonaris + Katerina Thomadaki (Re:Voir Video)

Re:Voir has recently released a modest gem of a set: selected works from The Angel Cycle, by Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki – the first-ever home video release which samples from the duo’s vast body of work. Continue reading DVD Review: ‘The Angel Cycle: Selected Works’ by Maria Klonaris + Katerina Thomadaki (Re:Voir Video)

DVD Review: ‘Light Years’ by Gunvor Nelson (Re:Voir video)

by MLP Fog Pumas (1967) opens on the inverted black and white of a negative image of a naked girl, lying in an empty bathtub. The camera then careens toward the light at the end of a tunnel, riding waves of unsteady darkness. On the other side of the tunnel we find ourselves cruising through the negative image of a town. The sky is black. … Continue reading DVD Review: ‘Light Years’ by Gunvor Nelson (Re:Voir video)

DVD Review: ‘Das Goldene Tor’ by Jürgen Reble (Re:Voir video)

by MLP I was completely unaware, prior to watching Das Goldene Tor (1992) (‘The Golden Gate’), that I had actually seen work by Jürgen Reble before, albeit as a member of the filmmaking collective Schmelzdahin (German for ‘melt away’) – a work titled Stadt in Flammen (City in Flames). Stadt in Flammen was created by introducing to the filmstrip various mutations via deterioration: burning, chemical … Continue reading DVD Review: ‘Das Goldene Tor’ by Jürgen Reble (Re:Voir video)