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  • Galaxy

    Galaxy

    Remarkable film, a journey of the inner self through an otherworldly dream. Gingakei manages to be engrossing even though it can be arty and confusing. The faded film print unintentionally enhances this film's strange, enigmatic atmosphere.

  • The Whisperer in Darkness

    The Whisperer in Darkness

    ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ from 2011, based on H. P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name.

    I had watched it some time earlier, but now I got the DVD and watched it twice more – the second time with the audio commentary track.

    The film strives to imitate the look and feel of 1930s horror films – shot in black & white, using a mix of old and new techniques. The opening shot of the hills of Vermont during a downpour…

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  • Warrendale

    Warrendale

    I just watched Warrendale from 1967. I enjoy documentaries from this period, as the genre was really hitting it's stride.

    Director Allan King is a Canadian version of Frederick Wiseman in many ways, presenting an observational documentary for public television with "neutral" POV. Wiseman is probably more detached and less interested in constructing a single narrative than King.

    Warrendale reminded me of Wiseman's Primate and Titicut Follies though. Institutions in these docs have evolved to a point where uniformed observers…

  • The Dancing Hawk

    The Dancing Hawk

    Overlooked but worth finding! I'm a big fan of Zbigniew Rybczynski who did the cinematography. He transforms the basic story of a man's life into a barrage of experimentation.