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  • Evergreen Love

    Evergreen Love

    A very straightforward and innocent romance - a woman pulls a man off the street and houses him while he cooks for her and they soon fall for each other. While shuffling through the typical genre beats (confessions, jealousy, confusion, separation, reunion, etc.), Miki finds a grounding in scenes detailing cooking recipes and botany. Everything here is played very straight with complete faith in its well-worn genre mechanics, perhaps almost to a fault for some viewers as certain moments like…

  • Surrender

    Surrender

    Dwan stages this noir-western with a considerable elegance and lucidity. Right from the first frame, we’re thrust into a dense web of action, transactions, and character relationships which are conveyed with an acute economic clarity. The opening chase sets the template as we continually return to the film’s principle scenario of one character, pinned in between two opposing forces, ducking their problem by thrusting it upon someone else. Small bits of business in the margins of early scenes (the bracelet,…

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  • La Région Centrale

    La Région Centrale

    In some respects, Snow is positing an antithesis to Brakhage’s filmmaking, at least as far as Brakhage’s expressionism (the camera as representative of Brakhage’s eye) is at the opposite side of the spectrum from Snow’s impressionistic vision. From my own personal experience, La région centrale has informed my awareness of the distinction between what the filmmaker sees, what the camera captures, and what the audience perceives in the frame.

    If one supposes that part of our attraction to cinema, as…

  • Party Girl

    Party Girl

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

    Colors speak louder than words in Ray’s cinema and this idea rings true as ever in this one-off with MGM. His two lovers begin as ‘prostitutes’ in each other’s eyes before mutually seeking to redeem themselves through the shared redemption of one another. Tommy, a lawyer for the mob, colors his jury’s judgement with sympathy-straining speeches while Vicki, a showgirl, entrances her audiences with saturated metrocolor, burlesque dresses, and sensuous choreography. Artifice lies at the heart of both their work…