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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc


    I was very excited to come home last night and find Criterion's blu-ray upgrade waiting for me. I've had the Masters of Cinema hd release for a while but the movie just isn't the same without the Voices of Light soundtrack. Now, finally, there's no need to choose between picture quality and soundtrack.

    As for the movie itself, it's more powerful every time I watch it. This is the greatest silent film ever made and deserves serious consideration for the greatest film of any sort. Maria Falconetti's performance is unlike anything you've ever seen. This is a perfect film

  • Sweet Movie

    Sweet Movie


    Utter garbage. To truly be a controversial a movie must also be great. Greatness forces you to take a movie seriously. Without that, the "shocking" elements can just be disregarded as trash. A movie like Salo or A Clockwork Orange can never be disregarded. They're controversial because they don't allow us to look away. They're too important for that.

    Then there's something like Sweet Movie. The movie contains shocking and offensive scenes but so what? Given that the film as…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    What a mess. Rian Johnson has claimed he had near total freedom on The Last Jedi. I sincerely hope that's not true. If it is then I've overestimated him as a film maker.

    I'll get into spoilers a bit lower down but first a few non-spoiler thoughts. In terms of the three Disney Wars to date, this ranks squarely in the middle. Not nearly as bad as Rogue One but quite a bit below The Force Awakens.

    My hope had…

  • The Witch

    The Witch


    This is the type of movie that, unfortunately, almost never gets made these days. It's a brilliant exercise in the slow burn, in cinematography, in acting, and in the creation of a tangible world.

    Robert Eggers has cited The Shining as an inspiration for The Witch. While this film isn't quite as successful, the influence is definitely there in the best possible way. Both films build their tension slowly, infuse every scene with a sense of wrongness, and earn their…