Tag Archives: surreal

Les Enfants Terribles (1950): “I won’t be free until you’re dead.”

Based on Jean Cocteau’s 1929 novel of the same name, Les Enfants Terribles (1950, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville), translated as ‘The Terrible Children’, is a story of a brother and sister pair whose toxic relationship and bitter mindgames draw people in, and attempts to poison everyone they touch. After recently finishing the book, I immediately sought after the […]

Four Modern Short Films: Lights Out (2013); Warehouses (2014); L-Vis 1990 – Ballads (2013); Pineal Warriors – Supermeng vs the Anunnaki (2013).

Sunday is a good day for short film watching! Today I decided to watch a couple more of Nic Hamilton‘s works, a 3-minute horror film, and a kitschy Jodorowsky-esque superhero film. Each of these short films are available to watch online!

Tokyo! (2008): Transformation, anarchy, rebirth.

Tokyo! (2008) is a collection of three short films, tied together by their location and surreal overtones. Three visionary directors team up for this bewildering film, each needing no introduction whatsoever – Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Each of the three short films has its own visual quirks, and is set up in […]

Three Modern Short Films: We The Others (2014); Underwood (2014); Font Men (2014).

Here are some quick paragraph reviews of some short films I’ve been watching recently. For a change of pace, I’ve been watching some modern short films that have been released this year. The good news is that each of these short films can be (legally!) viewed on the internet, so I’d definitely recommend checking them […]

The Congress (2013): “How do I know if I’m dreaming?”

Ari Folman’s The Congress (2013) is a surreal blend between live action and animation, starring actress Robin Wright as an alternate version of herself. Robin has reached a point in her acting career where it’s difficult to get good roles. Her agent introduces her to a man with a strange proposition in order to sustain her career […]

Two Silent Shorts: The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928), Un Chien Andalou (1929).

My obsession with short silent film continues! Here are two shorts that I watched recently, reviewed in paragraph form. Spoiler alert: these are both amazing films.

Daisies (1966): “Nobody understands anything.”

A truly whimsical spectacular, Vera Chytilová’s Daisies (1966) is one of those films that all fans of the surreal should see. Initially banned by Czechoslovak authorities due to “depicting the wanton”, Daisies tells the story of two young girls named Marie, who become aware that society has become spoiled. Since society has gone bad, they […]

The Holy Mountain (1973): “Real life awaits us.”

1973 was a pretty good year for films. You’ve got The Exorcist, Soylent Green, my second favourite Bond film Live and Let Die, among many other amazing films. Most importantly, you’ve got The Holy Mountain, directed by the one and only Alejandro Jodorowsky. I’m going to borrow a synopsis from IMDb for this one, since […]

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005): “What a strange dream.”

Potential viewers need to be aware that in order to watch Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005), you need to have a healthy tolerance for the more ridiculous aspects of cinema. This film was brought into being by three directors (Katsuhito Ishii, Hajimine Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki), and is extremely random, without any definitive central […]