Tag Archives: Romance

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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On The Waterfront (Kazan, 1954)

On The Waterfront is a strong character film, with much film-historical relevance and classicism, which explains its current reputation and social reverence. In an almost reverse nature, I was noting not references in the film, but original scenes of which … 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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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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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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Une Femme Douce (A Gentle Woman, Bresson, 1969)

A quality of Robert Bresson’s ascetic style is that it renders him capable of expressing a multiplicity of emotions at once; his films, though unique in their own regard, each capture an entrancing, yet endearing mood. In Une Femme Douce … Continue reading

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