MEME
noun, masculine.

Not an internet meme. Basic unit of thought, idea, that is propagated in minds via culture. Read about it on Wikipedia, it's fascinatingg stuff.

Movies

I've watched these movies recently, and they made their mark. List powered by Letterboxd.

  • Vortex, 2021 - ★★★★½

    Le reveur reve reveillé. Apparently this was the movie Gaspar Noé decided to write after coming back from a coma. Only a staunch death experience like that could result in such a deep and powerful work about the autumn of life. But Noé is still Noé; insisting, explicit, patient, psychedelic. He will make you live through scenes, not only inform you about them.

    This is one of those works of Art, like “La Meglio Gioventu” that tells life. It makes you dive into brutally true realities, allowing to live other lives rather than just yours. You get to exercise that evolutive advantage that is engaging in imaginary universes. And that’s how we grow.

  • Vortex, 2021 - ★★★★½

    Le reveur reve reveillé. Apparently this was the movie Gaspar Noé decided to write after coming back from a coma. Only a staunch death experience like that could result in such a deep and powerful work about the autumn of life. But Noé is still Noé; insisting, explicit, patient, psychedelic. He will make you live through scenes, not only inform you about them.

    This is one of those works of Art, like “La Meglio Gioventu” that tells life. It makes you dive into brutally true realities, allowing to live other lives rather than just yours. You get to exercise that evolutive advantage that is engaging in imaginary universes. And that’s how we grow.

  • The Crazy Stranger, 1997 - ★★★★

    Watched on Monday June 20, 2022.

  • Monos, 2019 - ★★★

    All technique and no soul. Lost opportunity to make a silent film only with jungle shots.

  • The Edge of Democracy, 2019 - ★★★★

    Slow-paced death of Brazil's democracy. Beautiful and poignant. Seeing assassins and thugs enter the house of democracy as heroes gave me flashes of the Taliban after the coup.

  • The Biggest Little Farm, 2018 - ★★★★

    Kudos to John for the 360º film work. Running a farm from scratch while keeping the cameras rolling while picking up crazy cool "nature-doc" shots while churning out bits of philosophical wisdom is *very* hard to pull off. The farm was hard, the movie was hard. I guess he's a hardcore man, in love with a hardcore woman.

    The movie is a captivating demonstration of how (extreme) regenerative agriculture works. We also have lots of snails in our lot, it has been left out, impoverished over the years. When there is very little life diversity the harshest species will start cropping first. You have to endure the first seasons of weird, urban life. Humans did this to the ecosystem. In the case of the Apricot Lane farm they decided to grow a bountiful paradise where there was nothing but desert and monocultures around. The task would have been much easier if they had decided to start a farm in the context of other organic farms. The ecosystem would have been there to embrace them. So they wouldn't have to invent the wheel themselves.

    Also, without water, you're boned.

    There's is something messianic about Americans, sometimes. The Dream is an absolute value, worthy as of itself, not to be questioned. It's equal parts naif and bold, "we're gonna do it, no matter what". There is this unabated drive that won't make you stop, as if quitting meant to die.

    I can only imagine the amount of beautiful, memorable, delicious material that had to stay out of the final cut. If this was a series, I'd probably watch it all, eagerly.

    The movie is worth it for the cinematography alone. It ends with a note that could easily merge into David Attencourough's recent creation; when nature is left to itself it works in perfect harmony. It's a perfect planet.

    Thanks to Paula Simplício for pointing me to this "absolute must-see" or "obrigatorioníssimo".

  • Johnny Stecchino, 1991 - ★★★★★

    Watched on Thursday April 15, 2021.

  • The Domain, 2019 - ★★★½

    Portuguese film has come a long way.

    The movie is called "A Herdade", mas podia perfeitamente ser chamado "A Herança".

    There is this cyclical repetition of the same mistakes. And the men in the family all commit the same ones, over and over again, generation after generation. So the beat goes on and nothing changes, while nothing ever really is the same.

    If you're curious about Portugal this movie is good to dip your toes in, as the family history travels hand-in-hand with the country's history. It's not hard to imagine those encounters with representatives of the state happened in real-life scenarios, and that a non-fictional João had indeed to go to the capital to put a word in with the fascist state to release his communist talented mechanic from political prison.

    The same way the domain fluctuates and needs to constantly be adapting to the turbulent times the country is going through, witnessing the arrival of worker's rights, land reform and collective organization.

    It's in the end the story of the powerful man that gets too drunk with his own, seemingly infinite power, and in this inebriation fails to notice how things are crumbling around him, and thus is power-less to do anything to save his family from dissolving and his estate from crumbling.