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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Casavettes, 1976)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie mounts Casavettes’ unique hand in raw realism via a narrowly focused narrative on a singular character’s plight of life. Shots, with a narrow angled camera–tend to bring background to the fore, intimating the character’s narrative … Continue reading

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Experimental Cinema, Jack Chambers’ Hart of London

Jack Chambers’ masterpiece of experimental Canadian film carries within it some of the purest moments cinema has to offer. Chambers’ sprawling form of experimentation straddles the fine line between so called high and low art. Adopting an anodyne viewpoint, he … Continue reading

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Experimental Cinema, Snow & Saïto

La Région Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971, 16mm) A meditation of time itself. Challenges the viewer’s capacity for prayer as it entangles the spiritual and physical in worlds both of the reveler and the revealed through a form of fixed yet … Continue reading

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How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … Continue reading

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Pakeezah (Kamal Amrohi)

Pakeezah is a beautiful, heart rending film. Passionately developed and performed, its beatific sequences are saturated with love and beauty as is the painterly mise-en-scene which adorns the set. Highlighting the film’s merits is a wonderful soundtrack which provides entertainment … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Poem: Kiarostami’s Life, and Nothing More…

Life, and Nothing More… is breathtaking in its simplicity. What may be seen as an overt metaphor is instead realized on a deeply spiritual and philosophical level. Kiarostami gracefully allows the film’s landscape to breathe life through the film. He places … Continue reading

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A Revisioning of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog – All Episodes Reviewed and Ranked

What I take most from this complete revision of the Dekalog is that Kieslowski never truly left documentary cinema. While the films in this series are, of course, fictitious, penned by Kieslowski in collaboration with Krzysztof Piecewicz, these stories are a way of examining the truth of … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968)

Leone’s meticulous cinematography, iconic photography, and brilliant sound design distinguish Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) not only as a masterpiece but as one of the most important western-genre gems of the 20th century. While some, including myself, … Continue reading

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On The Road (Salles, 2012)

Taken by itself, this is a pretty good film, and so I will give it a pretty good rating. The cinematography, lighting, and set design are good; the performances vary, most are mediocre but all are passable. The problem isn’t … 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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