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  • Munich

    Munich 2005

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jun, 2016

    Impressive cinematography, Spielberg was definitely trying something a little different here. Munich takes the realistic (but at times bloated) darkness of War of the Worlds and makes it more haunting and meaningful while staying within the confines of a blockbuster film. I think even Tarantino took some techniques from this (especially the staging and lighting in some table conversations).

    But although the visuals are great, the script is just not there. The first half of Munich, a collection of execution…

  • Cemetery of Splendor

    Cemetery of Splendor 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 May, 2016

    “The sleep of reason produces monsters”. The characters in Cemetery of Splendour seem to be under a mystical spell that dazzles them, causing hallucinations and visions. It’s a metaphor for a paralyzed country, crippled by the passiveness of its inhabitants, dreaming and sleepwalking through life. Weerasethakul observes Thailand as an outsider, pinpointing the monsters that have arisen recently in the region, namely, the militarization of the country after the coup, opening the film with a bunch of soldiers entering the…

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  • The Wasp Woman

    The Wasp Woman 1959

    ★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2013 2

    I love how you can clearly see that she's wearing a shitty "wasp" costume, it adds a whole new level of unintentional depth into the movie: what if she never really transforms into a wasp, what if she's just a serial killer that puts on a costume because she's a bipolar sociopath or something?

    Corman might be a genius after all.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2013 3

    Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…