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  • The New World
  • The Devil, Probably
  • La Collectionneuse
  • Mirror

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  • Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★½

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★★

  • Mouchette

    ★★★★

  • Vampyr

    ★★★★★

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★

    Another hard-hitting Bergman.

    The flashback scenes are incredibly rich and emotionally full, while also seeming to be from the summarising and incomplete perspective of memory.

    I love the way Bergman gets faces to overlap so the contours play with each other.

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    Bergman delivers an existential , minimalist ( / Protestant aesthetic ) film. 

    I think the grand achievement here , however , is how all these cerebral depictions and themes don’t stifle a certain sensuality / viscerality.

    E.g I can’t remember the last movie that actually ‘felt’ this cold. Even more impressive considering Bergman had been used to summertime settings for his films.

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    Everywhere in the film there is presence.

    E.g. There isn’t much makeup, so in the closeups you…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★½

    Immense… Intense… Beautiful… Nuanced Critique of capitalism… Paul Dano holding his own against DDL… stages a quasi-Nietzschean struggle between knightly and priestly castes… poses an incredibly interesting ethical dilemma: is Daniel Plainview the admirable übermensch, or does the truth of this character lie in the lonely, monstrous, post-human(ity) creature that lurks in a empty mansion at the end of the film?

    What more could you want from a film?

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    Ingenious sound design & camerawork - especially in the first half, the shots, framing, oblique angles, and score render the (otherwise hidden) interior of Harry Caul so effectively.

    Yet it’s this troubled, lonely, and guilty interior/unconscious that Harry is desperately looking to confess, whether in the confession-box itself or in the form of dream. 

    The way the only enjoyment Harry seems to get, the only time his eyes light up, is when he can discuss the instruments of his eavesdropping is…