Film of the Week: “The Watermelon Woman”

In Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996), a search into film history becomes one inextricably tied to personal identity. A quasi-documentary, Dunye plays herself, a young Black-lesbian film director working day-to-day at a video rental store. She uses her workplace as an opportunity to delve into a vast library of not just any cinema, but… Continue reading Film of the Week: “The Watermelon Woman”

Film of the Week: “Wendy and Lucy”

I’ve seen two Kelly Reichardt films: “Certain Women,” which I saw at the 54th NYFF, and just recently “Wendy and Lucy.” A press conference attended by Reichardt and the stars of the film followed the screening of “Certain Women” and one particular moment now stands out to me. A member of the audience had analyzed… Continue reading Film of the Week: “Wendy and Lucy”

Film of the Week: WINTER’s BONE

Debra Grenik’s “Winter’s Bone” is a film where Grenik certainly employs a show and don’t tell method of filmmaking.  The story is about Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17-year old girl on the hunt for her father wanted by the law. Should she fail to find him, her family will be evicted from their home… Continue reading Film of the Week: WINTER’s BONE

Film of the Week: “Harlan County, USA”

I think the strength of Barbara Kopple’s “Harlan County, USA” lies in how Kopple approaches the subject matter. This approach is immediately seen in the title of the film, “Harlan County, USA.” The film is a documentary about the “Brookside Strike,” a dual effort by the coal miners of Harlan County and their wives to… Continue reading Film of the Week: “Harlan County, USA”

Film of the Week: “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”

Directed by Sophie Fiennes, “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema” is a documentary starring Slavoj Žižek, where he argues how on a visual level, cinema becomes explanatory for human behavior. In constructing his arguments, Žižek draws heavily on psychoanalytic works, mainly Freud and a few passing references to Jacques Lacan. Worry not, however, on whether or… Continue reading Film of the Week: “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”

Film of the Week: “Daisies”

If I had to choose one film that embodied the word “fun,” Věra Chytilová’s 1966 “Daisies” would surely be a forerunner. There’s no real story to the film but rather, there are loosely connected vignettes. “Daisies” follows two girls, Marie I (Jitka Cerhova) and Marie II (Ivana Karbanova). At the start of the film, the… Continue reading Film of the Week: “Daisies”