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  • Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island


    One of the rare trilogies that for me probably reaches its peak here at the end. I still think the character of Otsu is a little too coy and irritatingly lachrymose, but other than that I find the way that it never attempts any sort of hero-villain dynamic between it's principle players, the wholly satisfying nature of seeing Takezo a million miles away from where he was at the beginning of his journey, and the far more spiritually, emotionally mature…

  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

    Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple


    For me probably comfortably the weakest of the trilogy, on one hand because as is so often the case with middle chapters it struggles far more than either of the others to function satisfyingly as a standalone work, and secondly sort of related to that first point in a way is that the movie is far more overstuffed than either of the other two movies.

    Regarding the first point perhaps my main gripe with the movie is that so much…

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  • Force of Evil

    Force of Evil


    I could certainly do without the narration that guides the viewer through this movie, but other than that the thing is some sort of work of art from Abraham Polonsky.

    From the god tier opening shot, the church enveloped by the skyscrapers, the antlike people scurrying below, to the lonely man wondering through the empty streets beneath the looming statue of George Washington, the film is filled with gloriously evocative imagery as powerful as any of those words.

    It's preoccupation…

  • The Father

    The Father


    Revisiting this it hits just as hard and is just as distressing. My niggling issues with the writing basically went out the window, my disinterest in Olivia Colman went along with it (her tiny reactions are the heart of the film) my feeling for the editing went down some (the first Gatiss scene is almost bad), while my appreciation for the production design went up some. That Florian Zeller was not nominated for Best Director at the Oscars is a…