disneydreamdiary has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2018.

  • The Married Woman

    The Married Woman

    ★★★★

    This is a bit thin and aimless compared to Godard's best work, which freewheels in lone directions; but Macha is so utterly moe that any frame without her is partially wasted, here or in general.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ironic that a film so unwittingly indebted to the Kuleshov effect should be praised by the likes of Tarkovsky, though one would suppose he would say God was present more within these shots than between them. In this fashion, the film betrays most of the sublimity promised by the first 20 minutes, which are among the greatest in film history, for a finale which can only be painfully described as a set piece. Yours truly can never take very seriously…

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Unsurprisingly, Nights of Cabiria is most powerful the more Fellini flirts with his poetic realist and latent surrealist tendencies, which he'd been grooming in La Strada and would fully embrace in his subsequent two features. The opening segment wherein Cabiria is ungratefully rescued from drowning, one later where she is passively seduced by a famous director, and one further where she is hypnotized into a childish reverie by a dark magician and briefly elopes with a romantic, all vividly showcase…