PRINT December 2004

FILM: Best of 2004

Chrissie Iles


1. Five (Abbas Kiarostami) The contemplative stillness of Kiarostami’s five-part masterpiece reveals the rhythms of the Caspian seashore through slowly observed details.

2. Notre Musique (Jean-Luc Godard) In Godard’s divine tragedy, Paradise is guarded by the US Marines: Empire knows no bounds.

3. ( ) (Morgan Fisher) ( ) frees insert shots from classic Hollywood movies from their marginalized role as the connective tissue of cinematic narrative and promotes them to an egalitarian conceptual role.

4. Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Michelangelo Antonioni) The director stands in front of his namesake’s statue of Moses. As if confronting his own and our mortality, his gaze onto Michelangelo’s mastery recalls our own cinematic gaze onto his.

5. Not Yet (Jim O’Rourke) O’Rourke’s first film deconstructs panning shots from Blow Out, layering electronic tones and film loops into a harmonic

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