Outer Space

Description: Outer Space is the apotheosis of the horror movie in the most literal sense. It’s not what’s been filmed that evokes our horror; rather, it’s the physical film itself, the exhibition of the scene, the screening of it ad infinitum, and, above all, the spectacle of collective viewing, that filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky locates at […]

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The Way the Eagle Shits

Description: An equally pithy and well-crafted piece of agitprop, The Way the Eagle Shits sets itself the “modest” goal of accusing, recriminating, and provoking every bourgeois and white-collar professional it can think to name in a damning list that ends up including: intellectuals, journalists, humanitarians, government workers, not to mention everyday citizens. Using a montage […]

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Western Deep

Description: In light of director Steve McQueen’s recent surge in popularity with the release of increasingly mainstream films like Hunger and Shame, it’s worth considering McQueen’s humble yet promising beginnings as something of a documentarian with an avant-garde sensibility. Western Deep, shot in 2002, is documentary in form, but experimental in terms of its aesthetic […]

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Simon of the Desert

Description: Simon of the Desert was the last film that Luis Buñuel made in Mexico before settling comfortably into the “late period” that birthed Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty, etc. Inspired by the life of the ascetic saint Simeon Stylites, the film’s title character has a fixation […]

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Scorpio Rising

Description: Kenneth Anger captures the ambiguity that lies at the heart of cinema. We sit before a screen as zealots kneeling before an altar. The image is presented as something worthy of consideration, contemplation, even idolatry. Cinema has, in other words, supplanted religion by inciting renewed interest in the occult. It’s no coincidence that James […]

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Blood of the Beasts

Description: Besides providing the catalyst for many to go vegetarian, The Blood of the Beasts manages to stay relevant today thanks to its propensity to incite, shock, and mesmerize even the most jaded of viewers. The film’s visceral documentation of a Parisian slaughterhouse retains its strength perhaps due to the unrepentant gaze of the camera, […]

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Night Mail

Description: Headed by John Grierson, the UK General Post Office Film Unit’s primary objective was to make films that boosted the morale of and support for the GPO’s workers. Night Mail was the organization’s most successful project. The film details the process of mail delivery via train between London and Glasgow, with special emphasis placed […]

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