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  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

    A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery 2016

    ★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2016

    "For all the hubbub about his penchant for lengthiness, Diaz’s most irreplaceable talents have always been his unmistakable flavor of mise-en-scène (which, in Lullaby, recalls legends such as Mizoguchi, Hou, and Straub & Huillet), quasi-surrealist flourishes that complicate his sometimes dense but always refreshingly simple narrative structures, and a performance artist’s skill for distending basic gestures into highly transfixing events, abstracting and recalibrating our own bodily experiences of space and time. Unfortunately for Lullaby (and us), Diaz opts for a dramaturgy…

  • Creepy

    Creepy 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2016

    "Kurosawa’s is a film with devices such as mind-altering love serums, a Brutalist dungeon contracted from somewhere between the factories of J-Horror and German Expressionism, and an extraordinarily affable dog named Max, who may or may not be the key to this world’s salvation. As Creepy‘s narrative threads all begin to converge in its hyperreal second half, the film becomes a masterful juggling act that stretches our knowledge of what constitutes credible human behavior to its limits, to the point…

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  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014 8

  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2014

    Reviewed for Cinema Scope here.

    That's ~7% of what I currently have to say about this film. I'm by no means "a Godard," (of the 19 other features of his I've seen to date, my current second favourite is Alphaville, which scores a stingy 6.7 on the Richter scale) but for my money this is, in 2014 and ~3250 films into my cinephilia, the greatest cinematic achievement I have seen. That it made me burst into tears, for reasons still…