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  • The Blood of a Poet

    The Blood of a Poet

    ★★★★½

    The Blood of a Poet

    “I am rather surprised whenever I hear people chatter on about poetry in cinematography, the fantastic in cinematography and, particularly, ‘escapism’, a fashionable term which implies that the audience is trying to get out of itself, while in fact beauty in all its forms drives us back into ourselves and obliges us to find in our own souls the deep enrichment that frivolous people are determined to seek elsewhere.” Jean Cocteau, The Art of Cinema…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    Apocalypse Now

    “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

    “It is becoming more and more obvious, that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer but man himself…

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★★

    Barton Fink
    The Importance of Authentic Writers

    Joel and Ethan Coen did not always enjoy the success and acclaim that they have today. While their early films garnered minimal attention, they never compromised their methods for the possibility of greater reception and remained true to their art. Joel describes their collaboration by distinguishing that Ethan has the literary mind and he has the visual mind. “We write together without parting company. We lock ourselves in a room and write the…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Blue Velvet

    “[David] asked me “what do you think people will get out of this when they see the movie?” And I said, “Well, a lot of people will be terrified by it, and find it like a horror film. And they will like it for those reasons or not.” But if people really allow themselves to look at it, they will find themselves living on the edge of their subconscious. Because I think we all have these subconscious feelings.…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★

    Anamolisa

    Charlie Kaufman originally wrote Anomalisa as a sound play (under the pen-name ‘Francis Fregoli’) for Carter Burwell’s “Theatre of the New Ear” series in 2005 (and the film remains set in that era). Foley artists and musicians performed live on stage as the three actors sat and read their lines from a script; the presentation aiming to capture the disconnect between the objective and the subjective. (1) Years later, Kaufman decided to adapt the play to a film using…

  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    ★★★★★

    Pinocchio

    “The world in which we are born is brutal and cruel, and at the same time a thing of divine beauty. Which element we think outweighs the other, whether meaninglessness or meaning, is a matter of temperament. If meaninglessness were absolutely preponderant, the meaningfulness of life would vanish to an increasing degree with each step in our development. Probably, as in all metaphysical questions, both are true. Life is, or has, meaning and meaninglessness, I cherish the anxious hope…

  • Alphaville

    Alphaville

    ★★★★½

    Alphaville

    "[Poetry is] the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself." - William Hazlitt

    In post-war France, the French were fascinated with American culture and American heroes. Author Peter Cheyney’s novels about Detective/Secret Agent Lemmy Caution were very popular in France and French film companies had made seven film adaptations with actor Eddie Constantine portraying the character in each of them. Constantine was contracted to work with Godard on a project and Godard was still deciding on…

  • 300

    300

    ★★★½

    300

    “People who succeed at the highest level aren’t lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else.”
    Tony Robbins

    Zack Snyder did his undergraduate studying painting at the Heatherly School of Fine Art in England and the Art College of Design in California. In the 90s, he started out in film by working as a director and cinematographer on music videos and commercials for companies like Nike, Budweiser and BMW. He was given the Dawn of the Dead remake as…

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★

    The Act Of Killing

    It is rare for a documentary on mass genocide to feature little information on or footage of the past events, and particularly rare to focus on the psychology of a murderer(s) rather than the accounts of the victims. The Act of Killing’s greatest attribute is its avoidance of judgment. Director Joshua Oppenheimer describes his approach as “an investigative technique, refined to help us understand not only what we see but also how we see and how…

  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★★

    Audition

    Takashi Miike built his skills through direct-to-video (V-Cinema) projects, becoming versatile in different mediums and genres. Miike worked for multiple studios and producers, often directing pre-written screenplays and completing multiples films each year. Miike clarified that he prefers this, saying “I really enjoy working with limitations or restrictions. And if I find a space within the movie to express myself, I’m very happy. I am discovering myself as a director all the time.” (1) He has an incredible rate…

  • The Ascent

    The Ascent

    ★★★★★

    The Ascent

    Based on the 1970 novella “Sotnikov” by writer Vasil Bykov, The Ascent is a rare war film of the era that removed the glamour of war to explore the harsh realities that soldiers face. Shepitko shot the film in sub-zero temperatures in and around the city of Murom, describing that “[they] deliberately tried to approximate these conditions to the ones which our characters had to endure”. When writing the script, she heavily researched newsreels and audio recordings of…

  • Calvary

    Calvary

    ★★★★★

    Calvary

    “A priest should have the heart of Christ the good Shepard.” John Paul II

    Popular and sentimental portraits often depict a passive, effeminate Jesus with a herd of sheep surrounding him. Shepherding has always been a difficult and dirty business. Pope Francis noted the characteristic trait of having the “smell of your sheep”, indicating length of time spent with the animals to understand them. Calvary is an excellent depiction of a priest as a shepherd in a real and…