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  • A Touch of Sin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    Four stories about violence, sometimes seemingly random, sometimes out of vengeance or desperation. The connection between is minimal and circumstential, and one is hard pressed to find a guiding theme that runs throughout them.

    Directer Jia Zhang Ke said he was noticing the rise of random violence across China as the brutal headlines were shared and discussed in Chinas social networks. To express this phenomenon he chose the native genre of Wu Xia films and their propensity to portray violence…

  • The Reckless Moment 1949

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2014

    There are many German and Austrian emigrees to Hollywood, and everyone adapted to the new artistic environment differently. While Lang got increasingly frustrated with the limitations inflicted by the Hays Code, others like Sirk revelled in it and created a wonderful melodrama-fassade under which conflict was seething.

    Ophüls was restrained firstly on a visual level, and two-time collaborator James Mason couldn't help to feel amused whenever his director was refused a crane or extensive sets (sometimes several sets combined) to…

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  • The House Is Black 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2013

    Movie #15 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    The House Is Black- Iran

    As short as it is, the depiction of people to whom faith has been cruel going to school, celebrating and thanking god for their existence is very powerful. The film does not shy away from depictions of disfigurement without giving the feeling that it wants to shock or force sympathy out of the viewer. The directors poems, as well as the verses from the koran, wich accompany the images as voice-over, only added to the profound impact this film had on me.

  • Elite Squad 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2013 2

    Movie #10 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    Elite Squad- Brazil

    Intense Film about the war in the Brazilian favelas and the people that participate in it. Much like City of God, Elite Squad simply shows you what is happening and forces you to make up your own mind about it. The issues presented are so complicated and the line between good and bad so blurred that it is hard to really root for any character. The direction during…