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  • My Only Sunshine

    My Only Sunshine 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2015 1

    Despite several moments where I started to feel my discomfort with the film was less directorial intent than genuine ethical issues, my second encounter with Erdem would seem to validate that first sit-up-in-shock response: he's really good. From those wowing tableaux that do for his (brilliant) leading lady visually what his script does narratively to a Graduate-esque ending that bittersweetly concludes an admirably bleak look at the prospects of Turkish young woman-hood, this is the work of someone with a clear message to communicate, and a magnificent ability to get it across.

  • Nicola Costantino: La artefacta

    Nicola Costantino: La artefacta 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2015

    As both a documentary that elevates the cinematic properties of the medium above the journalistic and an artist biography that examines the work without ever explaining, Cristiana's profile is ideally positioned to take full advantage of my predispositions in approaching art in its various guises is concerned. She, the director, is just as much a presence and practitioner as the subject she so evidently admires, and while much of the scripted subjective v/o might seem to yield authorial control to Costantino, there's enough in the subtlety of Cristiana's work—not to mention an excellently-implemented shared cinematic sensibility—to make of this more than mere hagiography.

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