Cormac Jones

Cormac Jones

Favorite films

  • The Long Day Closes
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • A Quiet Passion
  • Benediction

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  • Shadow Kill

    ★★★½

  • Under the Moonlight

    ★★★★

  • The Corner

    ★★★★½

  • Darkness and Light

    ★★★★

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  • Shadow Kill

    Shadow Kill

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The big idea here, I take it, is that death itself is subject to the cycles of death and rebirth. The executioner doesn’t understand how it is that the noose he uses to hang a man can be burnt and its ashes take on healing properties. He doesn’t understand how life comes from death. Worse, he is guilt-stricken over having executed an innocent man. Death himself has become disenchanted with death. He worships Kali, but he can’t embody her anymore.…

  • Under the Moonlight

    Under the Moonlight

    ★★★★

    In a certain way faith and hope are two different motions of the soul, and the main character of this movie, Seyyed Hassan, a seminarian doubting his future as a cleric, is what it looks like when you have lots of faith and a dearth of hope.

    This filmmaker, Reza Mirkarimi, is new to me. I forget where I first heard of him, but it was probably Jonathan Rosenbaum, who included Mirkarimi’s debut, The Child and the Soldier (2000), among…

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