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  • Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

    Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

    ★★½

    John Pilger is someone who I respect for his courageous balls of steel. But his films are deeply difficult to watch. This is an understatement, I know, but the former Daily Mirror journalist has divided opinion in regards to whether his films are exploitative of mass human suffering or are deeply powerful for people all across the globe. If you fall in either camp, most will understand both sides of the argument. As for me personally, I'm new to his…

  • Santa Sangre

    Santa Sangre

    ★★★★½

    My double bill of Alejandro Jodorowsky movies ends with something that I can actually say something about. Not to insult The Holy Mountain, it is beautiful in its design, gratuitous in its nudity, and just about incomprehensible in its plot. But if The Holy Mountain is his fantasy film, and El Topo is his western, then 1989's Santa Sangre is his horror film. Co-written by Dario Argento's younger brother, Claudio, Santa Sangre opts for juicy Gialloesque kills, heightened Fellini fever…

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  • Phantom

    Phantom

    ★★★½

    Week #3 of Film School Drop Outs Challenge 2017 - German Expressionism (1920 - 1927)

    My list | Original list

    F. W. Murnau was one of the most influential directors working in the realms of silent cinema. His adaptation of Dracula, simply entitled Nosferatu is one of the most beloved horror films of 1920's, Faust is an epic folklore tale that holds up upon multiple viewings, even when he moved over to Hollywood to make Sunrise, he was still cranking…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #98 - Skeletor's Leaning Tower of Rocks

    La La Land is the cinematic equivalent of this part from a YMS video. Harsh much? Well, I don't think it's harsh enough. What I mean is that the first act is insanely fun, breezy and beautiful. But by the 40-minute mark, the film collapses thanks to its tired nostalgic leanings and its own shallow content and characters. Whiplash is a film that I adore and Chazelle is someone…