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 fascinating stuff.

Movies

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

  • Triangle of Sadness, 2022 - ★★★★½

    (publicada na newsletter do Fumaça, fumaca.pt/subscrever)

    Um capitalista russo e um comunista americano... num iate de luxo de 250 milhões de dólares.

    Este filme reacendeu a minha vontade de ir ao cinema pela experiência colectiva (para além da vontade de ter condições audio e vídeo óptimas). Estar na presença de outras pessoas e rir fora de tempo traz uma excitação extra à sessão. Depois do filme-referência "Force Majeure", Östlund expande a exploração do bizarro nas relações sociais, levando-a aos seus limites. Na sua estreia a filmar em Inglês o realizador move-se com enorme mestria no espaço estreito entre o kitsch bem feito e o demasiado óbvio. O que para um realizador consagrado demonstra muita coragem e confiança na sua voz.

    Não vi os restantes filmes a concurso, mas a Palma de Ouro de Cannes está bem entregue. O trabalho dos actores é maravilhoso, e o Woody Harrelson é para nunca perder.

  • Triangle of Sadness, 2022 - ★★★★½

    Watched on Wednesday October 5, 2022.

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing, 2022 - ★★★★

    George Miller and his writers know a thing or two about love. And life. I want to visit and explore all the eras the genie got stuck in, so much beauty and panache. 

    I wasn’t expecting such a subtle and convoluted story when I saw the trailer, but damn, I’m happy it did its job of convincing us to go and watch this film in the theatre. For the visual and acoustic experience, a visit worth making.

  • Shabu, 2021 - ★★★

    Too acted out to be a documentary, too raw to be fiction. I was lost in this uncanny valley, never to truly fall into the story and characters. Also, too many cinema gimmicks. Filming and editing give you a background that brings artistry to the foreground.

  • 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.