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  • Strike

    Strike

    ★★★★

    Seize the means of production!

    Like Eisenstein's other propaganda film Battleship Potemkin, it successfully sways the viewer and manipulates their emotion into supporting the cause it is depicting. In fact, I would say Communists in general are the ones that truly turned propaganda filmmaking into an art form, if anything its own sub genre of film. Mikhail Kalatozov crafted an absolute masterpiece out of what was intended to be propaganda for the Soviets in Soy Cuba. Needless to say, they…

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

    ★★★★★

    From the smoke drenched light of the cinema to the echoing halls of a church, and from the fear of pain in a disciplinary school to the loving warmth of a nostalgic childhood home. The audience ventures to every intimate crevice of Terence Davies lonesome early adolescence. We are made privy to his deepest memories, and that notion specifically is what I believe best summarizes the entire film. It is the fragmented memory of Davies childhood, somehow miraculously stamped onto…

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Hyperboles do not matter when discussing Persona because the film is all but stated in fact that it is not only Bergman's masterpiece but holding the incredible feat of being considered one of if not the best film ever made.

    There are many factors that go into Persona carrying this title perhaps even too many to explain or be able to fit in this review but needless to say it has every element that a perfect film should have. From…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Watching Malick's 'The Tree of Life' has become a religious experience for me. One that literally brings me to my knees, finds my hands clenched tight, and tears in my eyes. There has rarely ever seen before more beauty on film than what is shown here. Emmanuel Lubezki captures the very essence of life on celluloid which was absolutely necessary for this film to contain.

    Malick's film explores themes of evil existing in a world of beauty and grace. The…