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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    “No, we have all the time in the world.”

    No explicit spoilers, but I’d highly recommend watching it first; enjoy.

    A Brighter Summer Day is one of the densest and profound pieces of art ever. It’s a beautiful dive into the heart and soul a changing generation seeking sanctuary in a time and place where their household values and country collide and the tragic response to it. It’s such an unadulterated view into the Taiwanese experience, but that never restrains…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    [1000TH REVIEW]

    “I still have no idea how to find happiness...but I’ll just stay here”. 

    This film is extremely important to me, as is the entire series. Neon Genesis and Twin Peaks are two pieces of fiction that have irreversibly changed the way I think; both in cinematic terms and otherwise. This film has so much to unpack, and while there are small details that reveal the bigger mosaic, yet I think the *feeling* of End of Evangelion and the…

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  • Shine a Light

    Shine a Light

    Much like Nine Inch Nails I was never really captivated by the little studio material I had heard from The Rolling Stones, save for a few well known cuts, but this is just another case of a live performance changing my opinion of a band. The fact that this was decades after their prime, from what I’ve heard, is also a truly impressive fact due the the sheer energy and flow that the whole performance/set list has. Some funny Marty moments too.

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    Doesn’t have that same power or magnetism that Othello does but it’s a completely different play that requires a new outlook. It’s obvious budget constraints don’t affect the quality in a negative way as it has this theatrical feeling that is expected within Macbeth. Welle’s interpretation is far more akin to a phenomenal stage adaptation rather than a motion picture. Not to contradict, but it’s simultaneously true that the look of this film is absolutely sensational as it utilizes tricks of the trade such as a smokey and dark mise en scène to hide some of the imperfections.

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  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    Short Review:

    Here’s everything I’ve found about What Did Jack Do? I’m fairly sure it’s not available online — legal or otherwise — and as far as I’ve seen there aren’t any indications of it being included on a home release; though it’s a possibility. 

    I found it was screen at this film festival in 2017 and the link I added takes you to a FaceBook post with much more context and background. Though I’m assuming it’s a masterpiece, I doubt…

  • Now!

    Now!

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