Monthly Archives: June 2015

Rope (Hitchcock, 1948)

Perhaps Hitchcock’s finest moment, a surreal blending of theater and cinema. Sound and image become one. Articulate dialogue keeps the viewer utterly entertained. With scenes such as Brandon playing with the rope once used to kill, a metronomic rhythm increasing … Continue reading

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)

Watched it last night, and it affected me more or less as it did the first time. The colours and special effects are glorious. The film is aMAZEing.. 😛 Okay, dad jokes aside, it’s pretty darn excellent, and Del Toro’s … Continue reading

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The Turin Horse (Tarr, 2011)

For six days, man and woman each eat a potato, and then dark silence overcomes them. Ritual figures deeply in Tarr’s observation of the death of God. Metonyms of the Lord, the horse will not eat, the wind will not … Continue reading

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Crash (Cronenberg, 1996)

Cronenberg’s singular aesthetic is never more present than in the tense meanderings of the broken psyches on display, scars and flesh resembling the damage and body of the machines that first caused their psycho-pathological conflation of sexual expression and mechanical … Continue reading

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When Marnie Was There (Yonebayashi, 2014)

A beautifully heartfelt poem emotionally conveying feelings both of loss and recovery. The film is tender; ‘sweet’ would be an apt term to describe it. How it deals with pain and therapy without being overt about mental distress or the … Continue reading

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Alien (Scott, 1979)

Visually, for 1979, the film is quite rich. While some of the shots of the spacecraft and alien are downright laughable by today’s standards, the one major quality that they hold is a material nature. With CGI, no matter how … Continue reading

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Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)

An exceptionally captivating, hyper textural example of postmodern spectacle. The film forgoes narrative intention; a negation of learned concepts allows it to breathe new and communicate by purely formal means. Rapid cutting, the representation of rapid blinking, form generative montage … Continue reading

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