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The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride

Did Gregg Araki study David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006) as he embarked on making his wild stoner comedy Smiley Face (2007)? Had Lynch heard about actor Dylan Haggerty’s Smiley Face script (which had done the industry rounds for several years under another title) before dreaming up Inland Empire? Who cares? Films intersect and talk to each other in mysterious, unconscious, atmospheric ways. This much is clear: certain things uncannily recur across these two movies, including suspicious ingestions, actors’ auditions, chases, canned TV laughter, ominous letters of the alphabet, animated animals, lamps, distorted faces in extreme close-up, scary hallucinations and visions … Not a mash-up, but a smash-up of two great monuments of contemporary cinema.

© Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin, February 2017



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The Thinking Machine 7: The Holy Family

The Thinking Machine 7: The Holy Family
09 Mei 2017
Philippe Garrel’s Le révélateur (1968) and David Lynch’s The Grandmother (1970) are among the masterpieces of experimental cinema. They also enter into uncanny resonance with each other when placed side by side, becoming part of the same cultural history.
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The Thinking Machine 6: Pieces of Spaces

The Thinking Machine 6: Pieces of Spaces
29 Maart 2017
A close audiovisual look at Peter Tscherkassky's Outer Space and Sidney Furie's The Entity in tandem reveals how truly inspired Tscherkassky was by this remarkably stylised horror film.
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The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride

The Thinking Machine 5: One Hell of a Ride
28 Februari 2017
Not a mash-up, but a smash-up of two great monuments of contemporary cinema: David Lynch's Inland Empire and Smiley Face by Gregg Araki.
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The Thinking Machine 4: Wish I Had a River

The Thinking Machine 4: Wish I Had a River
18 Januari 2017
Critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for De Filmkrant every month. This installment focuses on Jean Renoir’s 40 minute masterpiece Partie de campagne (1936), a poignantly uncompleted work.
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The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window

The Thinking Machine 3: Always a Window
14 December 2016
How do motifs work in cinema? Something (a word, an object, a shape, a colour, a musical theme) is repeated, underlined, invested with meaning until it forms a recognisable pattern or system. In Luis Buñuel’s remarkable adaptation of Wuthering Heights as Abismos de pasión (1953), the window becomes a key motif.
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The Thinking Machine 2: Decisions, Decisions

The Thinking Machine 2: Decisions, Decisions
09 November 2016
The scene: a man alone in a room. Within himself, he makes a decision that will signal a key turning point in the narrative of a movie. How does a director conceive, stage and edit such a difficult scene?
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The Thinking Machine 1: Death-Drive

The Thinking Machine 1: Death-Drive
12 Oktober 2016
In their series The Thinking Machine, critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for De Filmkrant every month. This first installment focuses on The Girl on a Motorcycle, a film which is built upon two different kinds of movement.
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Video-essay: Steven Spielbergs eettafels

Video-essay: Steven Spielbergs eettafels
09 Juli 2016
Gisteravond opende in EYE het zomerprogramma Steven Spielberg: Meesterverteller. In een nieuw video-essay onderzoekt Filmkrant-redacteur Joost Broeren de rol die de bescheiden eettafel in het werk van de spectakelregisseur heeft.
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Video-essay: De façades van High-Rise

Video-essay: De façades van High-Rise
27 Juni 2016
Wie bekend is met het werk van schrijver J.G. Ballard, weet dat de high-rise, de luxueuze torenflat, voor hem een metafoor is voor onze samenleving: de puissant rijken bovenin, neerkijkend op de clochards die de onderste verdiepingen bewonen. In een nieuw video-essay bekijkt recensent Omar Larabi de nieuwe Ballard-verfilming High-Rise van Ben Wheatley (te zien vanaf komende donderdag) vanuit dit perspectief.
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Critics' Choice: Menno Kooistra over Francofonia

Critics' Choice: Menno Kooistra over Francofonia
03 Februari 2016
In het Critics' Choice programma van het International Film Festival Rotterdam presenteren acht Nederlandse en buitenlandse filmcritici een film of documentaire die de aandacht verdient. Elke vertoning wordt vooraf gegaan door een video-essay. Thema van dit jaar is Whose Cinema. De curatoren van het programma Dana Linssen en Jan Pieter Ekker kozen voor Francofonia. Op hun verzoek worden niet zij, maar de co-auteur van hun video-essay, editor Menno Kooistra, geinterviewd. Maar in lijn met film en essay roept ook het gesprek een vraag op: wie is verantwoordelijk voor beeld?
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