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The Lebanese Independent Film Festival (LIFF) The “Before” Trilogy Film Review by Cine.words. Director: Richard Linklater. Screenplay: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater

Barzakh Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “If you were a bringer of joy, why do you wish to leave your home?” Today’s film review is quite special. The Lebanese Independent Film Festival gave me the chance to watch Barzakh (2018) by Hussein Hossam (which is currently playing on their Vimeo platform) and offer my review of the film. Whereas I usually resort to world classics, mostly long fiction, this one is relatively… Read More

LIFF - Homemade Netflix Series Review

Homemade Netflix Series Review By Dima Saqfalhait “We live according to conventions and norms. Like the calendar, the watch, and birthdays, and vacations and holidays and happy hour. But what do we do once these things are removed?”  Ana Lily Amirpour Today’s review is a bit different from the usual. Although I committed myself this year to catching up on as many cinema classics as I can from all over the world… Read More

Family Romance LLC Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “Our policy at Family Romance is that we can only do what we really are.” I’ve always been intrigued by films that skillfully blur the line between reality and fiction. Oftentimes, in our daily lives, we find ourselves unable to tell reality from fiction. They appear to be so delicately intertwined that it feels almost absurd to try to single out one from the… Read More

Rope Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “Good and evil, right and wrong were invented for the ordinary average man, the inferior man, because he needs them.” In Rope (1948) by Alfred Hitchcock, a murder takes place within the first three minutes of the film. We know the murderers (Brandon Shaw and Philip Morgan), we know the murder weapon (a rope), and we know the person they murdered (David Kentley). It is a… Read More

The Grand Budapest Hotel Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.” Watching The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) by Wes Anderson felt exactly like peeking into the doll house I used to play with as a kid. This is of course a trademark of Anderson, who is known for his use of hand-made art direction and self-contained… Read More

Dr Strangelove Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “Gentlemen! You can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish playwright known for his satirical comedies, once wisely said: “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Nothing is more befitting to summarize Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece: Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) as much… Read More

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The Salesman Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait The Salesman (2016) by Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian drama film that blends neorealism, with a dash of dark comedy and suspense, making the film a unique exploration of human psyche. What does it mean to be an empath? And can one be empathetic to oneself?  The film narrates the story of a married couple, Emad and Rana, who are also stage actors rehearsing an… Read More

Melo Film Review

Mélo Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “I’ll give you a year to weep Pierrot, to cry. Thinking you’ve had a great catastrophe.  Then you’ll marry Christiane. She’s pretty.” Romaine Mélo (1986) by Alain Resnais is a French romantic drama based on Henri Bernstein’s play under the same title, which was written almost sixty years earlier than the film, in 1929. Usually when one hears the name of Alain Resnais, one would instantly… Read More

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In the Mood for Love Film Review By Dima Saqfalhait “You notice things if you pay attention.” Set in 1962 Hong Kong, In the Mood for Love (2000) by Wong Kar-wai demands the viewers’ full attention from its very beginning, as one tries to work out how the story will unfold, only to have their expectations reversed, every single time.  Two couples move on the same day to the same building, in… Read More

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