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  • Pigs and Battleships 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    Like many of the Japanese New wave films, Pigs and Battleships deals with the disintegration of Japanese culture and society and the corruption and desperation in the post WW2 era. However unlike most of those films Imamura does not glorify the gangsters. If you are looking for a cool gangster film or even a cool film noir, look elsewhere. Imamura sees no difference between the whores and the gangster. Well, that might not be totally right. He has in fact…

  • A Man Vanishes 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Shôhei Imamura tests the borders and the language of film. Where does a documentary end and a narrative film start? What is real and what is fake? He even films scenes with the filmmakers making the film and discussing aspects of it. The morality of using hidden cameras and what would be the best way forward. The idea is great. Pick a man who has disappeared and investigate what might have happened to him. Talk to all the people that…

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  • The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 Oct, 2013 11

    I just saw The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover again or as I would call it, The Church, The Devil, Mankind and Jesus Christ.

    There are probably many ways to look at and read The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover but one of the most obvious one has to be a religious interpretation.

    Through out the film a young boy with blond hair, who looks like a Cherub, sings verses from Psalm 51, where sins are…

  • The Turin Horse 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2013 3

    Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.

    There are going to be SPOILERS from here on!!!

    What we have…