Category Archives: Film Ruminations

A Film Rumination: It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Edward L. Cahn (1958)

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5/10 (Bad — but definitely watch if you’re a B-film sci-fi fan)

I think the most important lesson I learned from the hilariously (occasionally) bad 50s sci-fi alien monster caper It! The Terror from Beyond Space is that in future female scientists and doctors still serve coffee and lunch… Continue reading A Film Rumination: It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Edward L. Cahn (1958)

A Film Rumination: Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Guy Maddin (1988)

8/10 (Very Good)

Guy Maddin’s first feature film is a spectacle to behold.  A classic sort of frame story devolves (positively) into a dreamlike wandering in an alternative Iceland, with strange preachers, bark fish, a woman discovered on the shore wrapped in nets, young girls floating down rivers in coffins…  Maddin manipulates silent black-and Continue reading A Film Rumination: Tales from the Gimli Hospital, Guy Maddin (1988)

A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

8/10 (Very Good)

Atomic Cafe (1982) is a scathing documentary on the atomic age created from archival film from the 40s-early 60s.  The scope of the material is extensive: military training films (often the most morbidly hilarious and poorly acted of the bunch), television news, various other government-produced propaganda films Continue reading A Film (documentary) Rumination: The Atomic Cafe, Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (1982)

A Film Rumination: Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos (2009)

8/10 (Very Good — heed the various caveats…)

2010, up for a best Foreign Film Oscar (Greece)

Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth (2009) is probably the strangest film ever nominated for an Oscar.  The film treads a fine line between black comedy and excruciatingly/twisted dark drama.  I found myself drawn into its bizarre otherworldly  Continue reading A Film Rumination: Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos (2009)

A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

7/10 (Good)

Multiple works by the famous Japanese novelist Kôbô Abe were turned into successful movies by Hiroshi Teshigahara (the most well known is A Woman in the Dunes which was nominated for two oscars, including best director). So while browsing the internet looking for other films inspired by Kôbô Abe’s works Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

A Film Rumination: Bed and Sofa, Abram Room (1927)

6.75/10 (Average — worth watching for those interested in foreign silent films)

Bed and Sofa (1927) was directed by Abram Room and remains his most well-known film. It tells the story of a ménage à trois (a very daring plot for Soviet cinema in the 1920s) between one woman (Liuda) and two men (Volodia and Kolia). Continue reading A Film Rumination: Bed and Sofa, Abram Room (1927)