Feb 1, 2019

Cinematic Favorites of January

During the first month of 2019, collages were my primary focus (at least, that's what the latest 45 pieces claim), yet I did my best to keep in touch with the 7th art as much as possible (29 features + 7 shorts). The best viewing experience was provided by Alice Rohrwacher's Happy as Lazzaro (originally, Lazzaro felice) - a wonderful magic realist drama beautifully shot on 16mm and marked by Adriano Tardiolo's brilliant debut, whereas the title of the most dreadful film I watched in January goes to Gaspar Noé's Climax... And yes, I did enjoy Aquaman's cross between the Arthurian legend and Atlantis myth laced with references to Little Mermaid and the He-Man and Masters of the Universe cartoon. Besides, where else can you see Nicole Kidman wielding a trident in a movie co-starred by red-haired Dolph Lundgren?

1. Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher, 2018)
2. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Mari Okada, 2018)
3. Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018)
4. Anna and the Apocalypse (John McPhail, 2017)
5. The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)
6. Aquaman (James Wan, 2018)

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