Anderson Silva: Like Water – Pablo Croce

At the beginning of Like Water, Pablo Croce’s documentary about MMA superstar Anderson Silva, there’s a snippet of film dedicated to Bruce Lee. In an interview, he describes the process of fighting as fluid and uncontainable, using various tea-related metaphors to further link his philosophies to the film’s eponymous fighter. There’s a lot to say about…

The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

A child sits patiently, waiting, his eyes brimming with hope and expectation. He has yet to experience pain and suffering, naive in his contemplation for that constant positivity. The child cries, his father’s hand still emotionally imprinted on his left cheek. As he weeps he starts to hurt, his one single idol self-combusting after the…

Close-Up – Abbas Kiarostami

There have been a veritable few characters in the medium of film who have simultaneously fashioned themselves in undeniably important manners and surpassed even the significance of the films in which they are bound. Perhaps the most obvious example is Charles Foster Kane, a character who managed to blur the boundaries of their own imaginings…

Through the Olive Trees – Abbas Kiarostami

Poetic at its very core, Kiarostami once again manages to convey the distinctions between fiction and reality in Through the Olive Trees. In fact, he goes much further this time creating what can only be described as a faux-documentary about a faux-documentary, thus sealing forever his ambitious will to raise and provoke the questions and…

Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

To understand Inglorious Basterds you must first understand the tendencies of the director, Quentin Tarantino. This is not a film based in reality, more an exaggerated what-if example of a historical event, that whilst using ideas of the past contains a modern energy full of vibrant colour and, as seems customary with Tarantino, gore. There is a scene that I like…