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  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    The Flowers of St. Francis

    ★★★★½

    never has spiritual life been so physical: rain falling over our heads, a warm sun, a cold breeze or a waterfall drowning our speech. after all, as brother ginepro taught us, one must preach not by word, but by example (transposing this thought to rossellini's diegesis, speech may be important, but movement is essential).

    as usual in rossellini's filmography, sophisticated movements and gestures are as carefully shown as they can be. when he pans, we feel the weather, the texture…

  • The Diary of a Chambermaid

    The Diary of a Chambermaid

    ★★★★½

    so this is liberty: masks being tore down and put back up, greed reorienting love, manners veiling gestures, gestures being suffocated by culture. so that was the revolution.

    after all, everybody has their reasons. for better and for worse, till death do us part, vive la republique.

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  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    ★★★★

    to institute representation as signifier, as a transcendental subject radically deluded, one can sense existence itself as a fundamental point, which can overbalance the entire structure it finds itself in. when ws turns the most crucial element of imbalance to pure abstraction, he shifts the very fabric of representation towards a tangible force, absolutely essential for the actual transformation to take place.

    it takes this boisterous abstraction (alice as a representation of humanity, not humanity itself, alice as cinema) to…

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★★½

    such a physical film: i honestly don't remember seeing anything as sensory as this, except maybe for vigo's l'atalante. we feel pain, cold, hunger, warmth, the sand drenching our bodies.

    some sparse thoughts:

    collet-serra departs from an absolutely intrusive approach, contracting the scenic space to a fundamental structure: everything is reduced to the individual and the minimal space surrounding it, along with the telluric natural forces that conducts it.

    the whimsical approach towards editing can't be praised enough. the movie…