Radu Jude – Aferim! (2015)

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Jay Weissberg from Variety wrote:
A runaway gypsy slave in early 19th-century Wallachia is hunted down by a constable and his son in Radu Jude’s most accomplished and original feature yet, “Aferim!” In his two previous films, Jude’s leitmotif was people’s inhumanity to one another, full of power games and humiliations. Here he stays true to the theme, using this black-and-white uber-oater to trace the roots of Romanian society’s less positive characteristics. While its tone is occasionally overly strident, “Aferim!” is an exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger. Fests will certainly check in, with possible Euro sales among specialty distribs. Continue reading

René Cardona Jr. – Cyclone (1978)


What starts out as a beautiful peaceful afternoon in the Caribbean quickly turns ugly when a Cyclone takes down a Jet plane killing most of its passengers. Out at sea about the same time is a group of tourists on a boat who are now lost at sea due to the storm knocking out all their navigation devices. The group of tourist’s on the boat come across the survivors of the jet plane as they drift aimlessly out at sea. Tensions start to build between the survivors of the Cyclone as the supplies dwindle and the days go by with no hope of rescue in site. Will they be rescued before they turn on each other? Continue reading

Christian-Jaque – Si tous les gars du monde AKA If All the Guys in the World… (1956)


Si Tous Les Gars du Monde is an entertaining tribute to the ham radio operators of the world. The story begins when a French shipping boat takes on an Arab passenger. While on the high seas, the Arab becomes seriously ill with a communicable disease that threatens the lives of everyone on board. Unable to reach the proper medical authorities, the boat sends out a desperate S.O.S., whereupon several amateur-radio enthusiasts of different nationalities spring into action… Continue reading

Raoul Ruiz – Treasure Island (1985)


Review from The cinema of Raul Ruiz – Martin, Adrian – Australian Film Institute – 1993 – 10 pages – – bookle
Ruiz harboured for many years the dream of filming one of the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson – one of the ‘low culture’ writers he cites as having an important, formative influence on him. Treasure Island was set up as a four-hour adventure epic for Cannon Films, and shot in 1985. The film eventually surfaced six years later in a much reduced form.

Ruiz’s approach to the adaptation of Stevenson is far from conventional. ‘The way Stevenson tells the story is so remarkable that it could be about anything – pirates, kidnappers, whatever. We are surrounded by stories that are like houses that we can enter. We play amidst these stories, sometimes being involved in two or three of them at once.’ The film thus transforms Stevenson’s novel into a gigantic conspiracy, a ‘house of fiction’ that pre-exists those who enter into it. its stories constitute ‘the society in which we live,’ and they are observed by a boy still at the threshold of his socialized identity. Ruiz describes the film as being about the ‘games of simulacra’ and the ‘playing of roles.’ Continue reading