Monthly Archives: November 2013

Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)

It’s impossible to watch Blue is the Warmest Color for the first time without it being the “lesbian coming of age film.” That’s not because it actually is that film, of course, but because months of controversy centered on the application of gaze theory and interviews with director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and […]

Diamonds of the Night (Jan Němec, 1964)

There’s a hallucinatory weirdness to Jan Němec’s debut feature, Diamonds of the Night, which is matched only by Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, the cinema’s flagship entry for “hallucinatory weirdness.” Němec doesn’t pile the surrealism on quite as heavily (how could he?), but he sees no issue with putting flashbacks, hallucinations, reality, and fantasy altogether, […]