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  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • A Couch in New York
  • Strangers When We Meet
  • The Power of Speech

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

  • Theodora, Slave Empress

  • Samson and Delilah

  • Mary

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  • Erik the Conqueror

    Erik the Conqueror

    history depersonified: everyone has a double, a twin, sometimes they switch haircuts or names. the opposite of rossellini's idealist version of history, which fred camper put well: "Intellectually, there is a superficiality to most of his late films which in no way undermines their greatness for me." but no superficiality here, except where it doesn’t matter. bava (along with fulci) is the master at putting two competing ideas in one frame, and bava is all the more shocking for it because of how postcard-level beautiful those frames are

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    the power of the symbolic duo at the middle against the real characters/revolution surrounding them is a perfect version of history/myth. put symbol and reality close enough together and you can't tell which is which, just like cgi and live action...

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    "'In here, time stops', says a nametag-wearing saleswoman, who leads Jessica (Tilda Swinton) towards a high-powered fridge, designed to keep flowers from aging. It’s a funny declaration to hear in Memoria, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s English- and Spanish-language debut, a movie intent on documenting motion and transformation. Most shots are static, but they work to highlight the flickers of slowly-dying fluorescent lights or, as the camera turns to lush Colombian jungles, the minute twitchings of insects. Each moment lives—creatures arise…