Monthly Archives: July 2011

Introductory Post

I have made a blog! I have done so for several reasons, the primary one being that I wanted to create a portfolio for myself – to store and preserve my writing; considering that I plan to pursue (a) graduate … Continue reading

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The Exterminating Angel (Bunuel, 1962)

Absolutely incredible. A group of people at a dinner party discover that there is some kind of hold on them that stops them from being able to leave the room (for days and days, feeling like eternity). This is one … Continue reading

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Viridiana (Bunuel, 1961)

Great film. A solid plot that is expertly narrated, acted, and filmed. While it has hints of art-house and surrealist cinema, this struck me mostly as a kind of playful black comedy. Don’t get me wrong, though, the writing does … Continue reading

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The Tree Of Life (Malick, 2011)

The Tree of Life is a brilliant piece of art that the world is not yet ready for. While its narrative bears striking similarities to other “art-house” films – most notably Tarkovsky’s Mirror, which meditates on humankind and man’s relation … Continue reading

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Dekalog (The Decalogue, Kieslowski, 1989)

I’m not sure whether to consider this a film or television series; technically, it’s a television mini-series – 10 one hour episodes – but, because of it’s cinematic aesthetic and scope, it has been widely regarded as a film, along … Continue reading

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A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé, Bresson, 1956)

Shawshank’s got nothing on this prison break movie. The most straightforward Bresson I have yet seen – and quite likely my favourite. The story is exceptionally well told, and the acting is top notch. Bresson has reassured my thoughts that … Continue reading

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Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället, Bergman, 1957)

Awesome film. My enjoyment of Bergman’s films is very different from my other favourites. His films are quite disconnected, and difficult to become emotionally attached to. Actually, this film is his must humane and sentimental (that I’ve seen). Instead of … Continue reading

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Film As Art: Moments In Time

Article written for The Parallax, a film journal based in Vancouver, BC. *** Has film ever made you feel suspended in time? Felt a moment that seemed to transcend how time is normally experienced? It seems that one’s state of … Continue reading

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Tarkovsky, Ranked

“We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, … Continue reading

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The Juxtaposition Of Beauty And Tragedy: A List Of My Favourite Film Endings

Three Colours: Blue Nights Of Cabiria Ikiru Late Spring Solaris

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