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  • Woman of the Lake

    Woman of the Lake

    ★★★½

    Beauty is a sheen reflecting the image that men want to capture for themselves.

    Yoshishige Yoshida channels Michaelangelo Antonioni in this exemplar model of voyeurism. Photography and being, women and image, existence as an empty, rotted vessel beached on a pretty bay.

    Everything looks beautiful, from the framing and lighting to the actresses. Mariko Okada is like Yoshida’s Monica Vitti: elegant and trendy, a paragon of fashion during the 1960s. Her stillness and displays of vacancy remind me of a…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★

    I began this entry with 4 stars and no heart. I saw the film's power and appreciated its technique, despite some minor faults, which I'll list at the beginning of my review like a good-natured critic: the music in the beginning, and the first hour, felt unnecessary, almost like Tarr was admitting that his cinematographic style wasn't making the effect that it, in fact, was; it also sounded rather generic, like the first stepwise melody one learns in a minor…

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  • Horsemen

    Horsemen

    ★★

    A lazy and generic rip-off of Se7en.

  • Always Shine

    Always Shine

    ★★★★½

    Still thinking about giving it the full 5 stars...

    review soon