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  • Barry Lyndon
  • Francisca
  • Ran
  • Yi Yi

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  • The Shining

    ★★★★

  • The Sky

  • Clown

  • Akira

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  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    So much of this feels monumental to Cassavetes' career but also to the history of cinema, more so even than A Woman Under the Influence. Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, and Peter Bodganovich show up by the end and it feels earth-shattering. It's Faces plus theatre, plus alcoholism, plus grief, plus the convergences and divergences between fiction and reality, plus scenes where imagination invades real life, completely breaking Cassavetes' contract with "realism". What is this, coupled with the use of melodrama…

  • In Front of Your Face

    In Front of Your Face

    Cinema's King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, but every film is Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. Although I quite liked the last scenes.

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  • Passenger

    Passenger

    Had never seen a VR film before, and I've got to say this format is (unsurprisingly) incredibly more efficient in putting a spectator inside a world than a traditional film. And I didn't even use a VR headset.

    About the content itself tho, it's a simple taxi-ride film with a very thin plot; therefore, it's not very strong in terms of its narrative (two stars out of five for this film seems fair, precisely because of this). It seems to…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    A sequência final emotiva faz o filme redimir-se um bocado de todo o vazio que vem antes (que, em retrospetiva, faz-me tanta impressão), só que o problema é que vai de encontro com um dos grandes problemas que eu tenho com isto: por trás de todo este manto de estranheza que o filme nos esfrega na cara, jaz um filme tão normal no seu ritmo, tão normal na sua estrutura narrativa, tão normal no seu sentido de humor, etc., que todas as ideias realmente interessantes e criativas se anulam a si mesmas à custa desta contradição.