Tag Archives: Love

Fantasy as Poetry, Fiction as Metaphor in Shinkai’s YOUR NAME

Your Name is a heartfelt, modern love story with an intricately layered narrative spanning philosophy, mythology, romance, and teenage fantasy within a science fiction melodrama. It is a brilliant feature anime, and the best I have seen since Takahata’s The … Continue reading

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Moonlight (Jenkins, 2016)

On second viewing, I confirmed that Moonlight is truly a contemporary masterpiece, and currently the best film I’ve seen in 2016. My truncated review of past explained my primary observation: that the camera searches for and amplifies the quiet peace found in … Continue reading

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Carol (Haynes, 2015)

This is going to be a slightly different kind of review. I want to look at Todd Haynes’ Carol not only as the pinnacle achievement of what Haynes has being doing in cinema throughout his career but as the pinnacle … Continue reading

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Tangerine (Baker, 2015)

I don’t really understand the unwavering critical praise. Along with Son of Saul, this is the biggest disappointment of the year vis-a-vis acclaimed cinema. I was a bit skeptical when I heard that it was shot with an I-Phone, but … Continue reading

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Mother and Son (Sokurov, 1997)

A veil upon which reality is traced, augmented, and distorted just such that the uncanny is revealed, penetrating pyschological depth. Sokurov’s iridescent cinematography as usual brings life to nature, rendering striking three dimensionality while conveying the mystic phenomenon of object … 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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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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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (Palfi, 2012)

An original story is conceived by collecting  and editing years of cinema. The story is dynamically told through out of context clips from an assortment of films and television episodes. Without a context of its own, it transcends meaning. As … Continue reading

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Intouchables (Toledano & Nakache, 2011)

The three themes of the French flag—liberty, equality, fraternity—are brought to life in this heartwarming tale. A pragmatic tetraplegic who has lost his will to fly free again is revived by a socially unapologetic and unabashed freewheeler. Qualities of an … Continue reading

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Les dames du Bois de Bologne (Bresson, 1945)

Les dames du Bois de Bologne (1945), his second feature, is unlike any other film by Robert Bresson. Frankly, it is his most conventional film, besides the (short) slapstick comedy, Public Affairs (1934). There is little if no poetry, subtext, … Continue reading

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