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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents 1961

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    Remarkably successful at creeping out the audience. Perhaps the thing I admired most about it is that the movie stares right back at you. Most ghost/horror/suspense films show something shocking, then quickly cut away. The Innocents doesn't. It lingers on and doesn't allow you the safety of looking away (it makes you do it yourself). The sexual aspects of the film are also handled well: the issues are discussed but the details are not.

    Unforgettable scenes: the boy's poetry reading and the woman in the lake (I still shudder thinking about it).

  • Je t'aime, je t'aime

    Je t'aime, je t'aime 1968

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Incredibly funny, tragic and original. I'm surprised there haven't been more attempts at telling this story. I doubt anyone would handle it as deftly as Renais, who is able to shift tones, locations and times wildly and keep you there every step of the way. The melancholy is broken up by humor and soul but it never loses its bite.

    Last thought: this handles science/scientists unusually well for a sci-fi flick.

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  • Zorns Lemma

    Zorns Lemma 1970

    Watched 21 Jul, 2012 2

    Let's see if I can do this from memory: page turn, scrambled egg, bird flapping, cookie cutters, split face, tree, hands washing, man walking, meat grinding, painter, kid on swing, construction work, nuts, ball bounce, shoelaces, steam-pipe, tinker toys, rhino, tire change, orange peeling, city lights, fire, wheat, waves

    Zorns Lemma is the first experimental film I've seen where I felt as if I were the subject of the experiment. It challenges your perception and your patience. There's a constant…

  • Vampyres

    Vampyres 1974

    ★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2013

    Surprisingly well-made but kind of boring when people weren't having sex or murdering each other. Just like real life!