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  • Double Suicide

    Double Suicide

    Soon after the film opens, director Masahiro states that he has chosen a shooting location based on the "fetishism of space."

    Fetishism of space will always be inherent to the filmmaking process, whether implicit or explicit; the framing of space, the presentation of bodies and objects in relation to space and one another, and the movement of characters through space are all crafted with the intention to generate aesthetic value, to stylize. Space is thus an object that the auteur…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

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    The bulk of the film’s score is a very dark, sparse, and tense modern classical, often times with a large group of strings creating a high-pitched and horror-filled effect. It reminds me a great deal of Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima that predates the film by nine years, but evidently the composer claims to be primarily in debt to John Cage. The score contributes to the feeling of a great horror lying under a thin veneer of…

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  • Kino

    Kino

    Today, in the shower, I've pioneered a new word, a new concept: kinus (pronounced key-niss). What separates kino from its relatives? From films, movies, and even flicks? What is the essence of kino? Surely those creations to which we ascribe the term kino aren't 100% kino, bearing some degree of the essence of film, movie and flick, regardless of artist intention (as society will undoubtedly influence his/her creation). I would like to ascribe the term "kinus" to that which is…

  • Mediterranea

    Mediterranea

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

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    Ayiva's employer, as a man from a family with a history of immigration, tells him that he should remain dedicated to his community, that it's the responsibility of migrants to look out for each other. At the climax of the film, Ayiva acts with a sense of strength and community for the first time and wreaks havok upon Italy. The wisdom imparted by Ayiva's employer, a man who exhibits some racist attitudes and behaviors, undoubtedly justifies actions which he,…