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  • Satantango



    Satantango opens with a man staring out a window. He looks out, and back in, out, and in again. Minutes pass in this scene in real-time, and when he moves away from the window, the camera holds still, no people in sight, for minutes more. Through this, a distant sound is heard – the mixture of an indistinct ringing bell and a hushed, rhythmic organ. This unmoving, unflinching, uneventful camera captures the thoughts and emotions of a man, the natural…

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives


    Maybe it is because this movie is most abstract and avant-garde than Drive, but I honestly cannot see how it is held in so much less regard. Only God Forgives explores the origins of evil in the modern world; how the colonization and/or fetishization of another nation can cause the necessity for them to create another form of evil; how evil is passed down from parent to child, from elder to younger, from the more powerful to the less. Along…

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  • Nomadland



    Nomadland is a bleak and heartbreaking film that helps elucidate a world most people never knew existed. It is simultaneously a critique of the uncaring American work culture while also being a portrait of the natural beauty of the landscape and the people who have lived through that experience. The movie is stunning and the characters within it expertly present these ideas to us. Unfortunately, there are a few missteps. For one, while work culture is critiqued, the film almost…

  • Leviathan



    Leviathan plays out like theater – the drama is so tangible and the deep insanity and emotions within the characters feel almost Shakespearean. Of course, the movie has many faults and I am in no way comparing it to Shakespeare in its brilliance, but within a few minutes of watching, I think you will see exactly what I’m getting at. Every line that these family members speak to one another feels tinged with some hidden emotion specifically built from their…