This was a huge surprise. Not often one sees such a daring and mature work. It is much more complected (or in fact simple) than you might think at first so it is important to pay attention from the first frame.
I guess the most obvious take is that the whole film is a battle of desires within the same person. The fear of commitment and the desire to fool around vs commitment and responsibility. The whole city is a his inner landscape and the spiders represent the fear of nesting women, be it your pregnant wife or your mother.
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Point Blank is one of my favorite neo noir / gangster film. This is one of the best American gangster/police film inspired by the French new wave (together with the The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, Bonnie and Clyde, Taxi Driver, Chinatown, The Conversation...). It has some of the coolest shots and editing ever put on film and a atmosphere so thick that you could cut it with a knife.
There is something so dreamlike about this film. You can…
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.
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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…