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  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali

    ★★★★★

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

    Few deaths hit as hard as Durga's.

    Part of that is because Pather Panchali is as much her story as it is Apu's. In fact, one could argue it's more! Considering the opening of the film which is set in a time before Apu even exists: Durga, Sarbajaya, and Auntie have a life unto their own. On this re-watch, this is what struck me the most when starting the film. It adds to the bildujngsroman style of the film in…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Featuring the most powerful uses of close-ups and Steadicam I have ever seen. Come and See is unrelenting in its portrayal of the horrors of war; there are, in fact, a ton of moments that where I'd call it an outright horror film thanks to - in addition to the closeups and camera work - eerie sound design.

    The transformation of actor Alexksei Kravchenko's face, as Flyora, from youthful innocence to shell-shocked torment is unparalleled. His look is seared into…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    Lynne Ramsay introduced the screening and said, "Enjoy isn't the right word. Experience the film." She was right.

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

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

    One of the greatest samurai films is an unyielding critique of the very order it portrays.

    This is a film about the inhumanity of a code and how its notions of honor are a facade, a shell as empty as the suit of armor the House of Iyi so reveres. I am always bothered by a lack of compassion so I'm right there with Kobayashi in his tenacious portrayals of the failures of the establishment.

    Slow yet methodical, Harakiri is…