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Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review

Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of … Continue reading

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Voyage of Time (IMAX, Terrence Malick)

A spectacular audio-visual experience lensed through a catholic-agnostic viewpoint with Brad Pitt’s voice over assuming humanity’s deepest yearnings, wonderment, and faithful ignorance. The words, like thoughts, shift from observation to rumination to curiosity, with each subject placed on screen given … 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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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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The Long Take and Mindfulness

Branching from my recent post on the film cut and mental anxiety, I’d like to now put into context the opposite phenomenon, the link between long takes and mindfulness, a notion that often leads to theories on the therapeutic value … Continue reading

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Elegy of a Voyage (Sokurov, 2001)

As with Russian Ark, Sokurov creates an all encompassing atmosphere through narration and open form montage, yielding a sense of presence throughout the film. Open montage, the use of nondescript (yet no less arresting nor beautiful), non representational images, which … Continue reading

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Boyhood (Linklater, 2014)

Coming from a secularist, Boyhood is a surprisingly poetic film. Linklater is not known for crafting highly aesthetic or spiritual films, but the means by which he weaves in philosophy and questions the meaning of life is a method of … Continue reading

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Kamran’s Top Twenty of 2013

Top Twenty Films of the Year Through a combination of graceful crane movements that unravel the mystery, and still close ups to depict human repose, strength, and dignity, McQueen covers all the bases, both eliciting highly emotional experiences as well … Continue reading

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Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013)

While intriguing and highly provocative, Upstream Color doesn’t deliver on the many promises it appears to make. Opting to give as little information as possible, thus allowing viewers to forge interpretations of their own, the film doesn’t have nearly the … Continue reading

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To The Wonder (Malick, 2013)

The film begins with a series of film-photographic images, taken from a variety of sources; they are at once a reflection on the transition from film to digital as well as the transitions in people’s lives. By this end, the … Continue reading

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