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  • Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    ★★★½

    Sanjuro > Yojimbo and it's not even close.

    I had always took this as a sequel to Yojimbo until rewatching it today. That is, unless we use the term "sequel" loosely. In many ways, the films couldn't be more different. Sure, there are common ideas and overlapping characters, but with respect to the "presentational" and "representational" dichotomy, this falls more into the former category than the latter (relatively speaking) when compared to Yojimbo. So much of it is more subdued and minimalist.…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★

    "Do all lovers feel like they're inventing something?"

    At one point, one of the women begin running across the rocky grounds by the shore, coming close to jumping off from a high place. She says that she always has wanted to do that, not dying, but running. She feels as though she must run away from the pains of life that consistently bring her down. But she also wants to run because she wants to live through movement, rather than…

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  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    ★★★★★

    Yesterday evening, I watched this film for the third time, and for the first time on BluRay. Despite already considering it as my second favorite film in general, I couldn't help but find myself even more sucked into it than before. I caught up on a number of Pasolini films this year that I hadn't seen previously and upon this viewing of Salò, I noticed so much more intertextual links to Pasolini's overall body of work and political ideology.

    As…

  • Inventing the Future

    Inventing the Future

    ★★★★

    This is a super fascinating, albeit objectionable (primarily) leftist text critical of the contemporary trajectory of leftism, though not prepared to concede to the shortcomings of neo-liberalism. At times it can be hard to pinpoint this film's ideology just because it constantly challenges itself and then evaluates those very challenges. The language it uses is mathematical and calculated, but it aids in promoting innovation: the hope to invent a new future. Everything links together, like LEGO pieces awaiting creative assembly.