TROUT FUN #5 – Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937), dir. Sadao Yamanaka

TROUT FUN is a special column in which Ultra Dogme contributors spend time with a film of their choosing, free from virtually any restrictions. Previous TROUT FUN articles can be found here. by Ruairí McCann The denizens of an Edo period Kyoto slum greet the news of the suicide of one of their neighbours, a samurai turned pauper, with a little gossip and complete acceptance, … Continue reading TROUT FUN #5 – Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937), dir. Sadao Yamanaka

Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

Looking over what I have seen and heard in this mess of a release year so far, I realized that two of my favourite works of art – one a movie, another an album – are tied together by their decision to depict a particular place, or identity, with an intentional formal wooliness. Continue reading Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

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)

Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

If somebody had told me that my first experience of Ann Arbor Film Festival would happen during one of the worst pandemics in recent human history, while I was locked down in the Parisian periphery, I would have seriously reconsidered this person’s mental condition. Continue reading Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’

As musical boundaries continue to dissolve at such an alarming rate, the albatross of being a “buzzed about” artist hangs heavier with each year, even if we’re only going as far back as 2011-12. Looking back from the last quarter of 2019, certain bands and musicians who dominated the cultural conversation seem frivolous now, and others seem retroactively undeserving of the hand-wringing that may have accompanied their ascents. Continue reading Doubling Down – DIIV’s ‘Deceiver’ and Danny Brown’s ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’