Category Archives: Reviews (capsule)

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Mungiu, 2007)

Gripping Romanian New Wave film with affecting performances and an aptly bleak set design. A subtext of profound social implications is subtly conveyed through French/Italian social realist innovations including deep focus, mobile hand camera operation, and on location sound. A … Continue reading

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It’s Only The End of the World (Dolan, 2016)

Brief glimmers of Dolan’s expressive visual style, for which he is known, is suppressed by faux dramatique dialogues of a labored, awkwardly intimate, though sincerely intellectual nature. Not his finest work, but certainly commendable for its firm stylistic command. 79/100 – … Continue reading

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Two Lovers and a Bear (Nguyen, 2016)

An intriguing relationship drama wherein Northern spirituality guides lost lovers in facing their troubled past. Notably high concept, spiritual guidance acts through ancestral links such as blood and poetic links such as love and intuition. It also acts via a … Continue reading

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Birth of a Nation (Parker, 2016)

A digressive narrative dilutes the film’s sensitivity to its subject matter, rendering instead moments of presumed emotional gravitas. This is where emotional manipulation trumps sensible storytelling. Overall rather well shot and paced besides its ventures into pseudo surrealism. 63/100 – Decent.

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Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1965)

A fine film in most regards, but not a masterpiece. Cinematic elements undermined through overuse of literary form within ill suited contexts. Dubbing aside, experience of the film is hampered by at times awkward speech & abrupt quotation seemingly contrived … Continue reading

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Sunset Song (Davies, 2015)

Despite certain narrative issues, Sunset Song is yet another gorgeously realized Davies film boasting exceptional cinematography, a lyrical pace, and some of his best lighting to date. It has been underrated by critics choosing to compare it to Distant Voices, … Continue reading

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Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

With the aid of Panavision and Technicolor, Spielberg creates a monumental 70s film bringing together the epic scale of David Lean and the captivating action of Alfred Hitchcock. Jaws grabs you and sinks deep. Though psychological and violent, Jaws is … Continue reading

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Magnolia (Anderson, 2000)

With rapid editing, montage, multiple climaxes, inter-cutting, etc. there’s much to pay attention to and so much more to easily gloss over. Nearly the entire film plays out like its in this perpetual climax where each character is about to … Continue reading

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Land of My Dreams (Gonzalez, 2012)

An inspired visual realization of the strange, hypnotic, seductive music serving as title/theme/soundtrack. Libidinous ennui. Never felt anything quite like it through cinema. Mesmerizing and transformative. Focused on two female (carnival-esque) stripper-performers, but more profoundly an observation of the male … Continue reading

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Poison (Haynes, 1991)

A triptych of abstract queer cinema with narratives connected through themes of alienation, disgrace, and shame. Each allegory calls towards the experience of being queer; Haynes likens the alienation of a young boy, the restraint of a victimized male, and … Continue reading

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