James_Euclid

James_Euclid

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Reviews are solely written to take my limited English for a ride.

Favorite films

  • The Leather Boys
  • Rumble Fish
  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • A Moment of Romance

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  • House of Gucci

    ★★★★

  • Run Hide Fight

  • The Enforcer

    ★★

  • Encanto

    ★★½

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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★½

    When Giulietta Masina dances and laughs, it is obvious that her joie de vivre is not a diamond that has to be squeezed out of the ass of this episodic, empty, nasty neorealist world, but simply flows out of her. It makes me want to watch a different film immediately and think: Enough of symbolism and these escapist themes of purity and innocence.

  • Flowing

    Flowing

    ★★★★★

    While the (aging) cowboys in THE WILD BUNCH, after realizing the west no longer grants them room to live, leave life with a big explosion, the (aging) geishas in FLOWING react to the same realization with their carrying on. They cheat their way through their not acknowledged bankruptcy. They endure the constant demonstration that their existence is anachronistic. The constant dissolving of any glimpses of hope. Instead of an explosion, the drama flows without rapids and finds more courage in every (strained) smile than Peckinpah in furor of the dying.

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  • Have Sword, Will Travel

    Have Sword, Will Travel

    ★★★★½

    1. Hardly any word is touching the main subject of BAO BIAO. If the eyes in this movie of gazes would be blackened one would maybe miss that this is a love story.
    2. The first ten minutes exhibit the oblique leaving of a magic realm. Omnipresent flowers disappear without explication. Romanticism ends, fighting and mistrust begin. The last ten minutes celebrate one heroically tragic death. The art of dying as opera without singing. In-between: waiting, trying out limits, looking, living with intricacy.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    After a symbolic second birth we see Brad Pitt sucking for food on a nipple fitted on the wall of his spacecraft ... and AD ASTRA acts as if nothing strange is happening. 'nuff said. Masterpiece.