Film Books Round-up #1

Welcome to the first-ever Ultra Dogme ‘Film Books Round-up’. What I’ve assembled here is a short list of 5 film-focused print publications that I investigated this year and felt like sharing with you. Some were graciously sent to me as review copies and others were ordered on a whim. I hope you will discover a new favorite in at least one of them. Clicking on … Continue reading Film Books Round-up #1

The Best Experimental Moving Image Works of 2020

by paul a. It was Ken Jacobs who once floated the observation that “the avant-garde never starts on time,” but as the global events of 2020 began (and continued to) materialize, life also refused to play out in a timely manner. Contemporary existence has taken on the characteristics of stasis, but not complete inaction; within the creative industries, at least, the looming threat of complete economic … Continue reading The Best Experimental Moving Image Works of 2020

The Value of Intimacy – ‘Divine Love’ and the corporeal cinema of Gabriel Mascaro

by Alonso Aguilar In the oppressive temperatures of rural Brazil, bodies traverse the screen unceremoniously. Detached and absent-minded, different characters go through the motions of hard labor, unfazed by the thick layers of sweat drenching every inch of their clothes. They’re physically present, yet their minds are clearly elsewhere, refusing to be shaped by what they consider to be arbitrary circumstances. Eventually, their shifts end … Continue reading The Value of Intimacy – ‘Divine Love’ and the corporeal cinema of Gabriel Mascaro

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)

Review: ‘Days’ (2020, dir. Tsai Ming-liang) – London Film Festival

by Ruairí McCann Near the end of Tsai Ming-liang’s film Afternoon (2015) — a conversation, filmed across 134 minutes and 4 shots, between Tsai and his muse Lee Kang-sheng — the filmmaker fills a lull with prognostication on his art. Influenced by the shadow of Stray Dogs (2013), a production troubled by Tsai’s own health complications, he contemplates never making another movie. However, he quickly … Continue reading Review: ‘Days’ (2020, dir. Tsai Ming-liang) – London Film Festival