Monthly Archives: January 2016

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Hertzfeldt, 2012)

Such candid observation and comprehensive inquiry into the bittersweet truths of existence never so potently realized as in this most sophisticated of simple elegies. An animated spiritual equal to the likes of Tarkovsky’s Mirror, Malick’s Tree of Life, and Sokurov’s … Continue reading

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The Revenant (Innaritu, 2015)

Like Birdman before it, this beautifully shot and highly sensationalized film captivates in the moment but disappears into soulless immemory shortly after the curtains close. With each feature film, Innaritu has become more arrogant and mean-spirited, with little love for … Continue reading

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Knight of Cups (Malick, 2015/16)

Easily Malick’s most impenetrable film, as well as perhaps his most visually breathtaking. The subject matter is rather scattered, with little of a sense of grounding in the lead character’s life. Instead it uses poetic devices and artful cinematography to … Continue reading

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Andersson, 2015)

Constructs a dry existential tone to convey the psychological malaise of living. Not particularly funny nor philosophical, though it has some superb framing and a couple moments of humour. Becomes too self-flattering and locked into its own affectations. 67/100 – … Continue reading

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88:88 (Medina, 2015)

The absence of reason; living without a sense of origin or destination. a meaningless search for finitude: for meaning in the lack of meaning, for structure in a lack of structure; the perennial experience of banality, of  repetition. distortion. decay. … Continue reading

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Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens

Its strongest ‘force’ is that it retains the heart of the original Star Wars trilogy by presenting friendships and camaraderie in the face of evil. The best scenes are those of the characters meeting, befriending, and trusting one another based … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight (Tarantino, 2015)

The 70mm is glorious, though Tarantino does little to use the medium to his advantage. Snowfall is visceral and the actors pop off the screen, but with so much of the film set in a cabin, it feels that 70mm … Continue reading

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