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  • Mirror
  • Elegy of a Voyage
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
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  • C.R.A.Z.Y.

    ★★★★½

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    ★★★★★

  • The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★½

  • Claire's Knee

    ★★★★½

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  • C.R.A.Z.Y.

    C.R.A.Z.Y.

    ★★★★½

    A well made coming of age film with motifs apt of the time period: Drug Addiction, Homosexuality, Masculinity, and Music.

    85/100 - Excellent

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    The Flowers of St. Francis

    ★★★★★

    Direct storytelling and exposition of the teachings of St. Francis, well filmed by Rossellini to illustrate and to enlighten. Brilliant in concept, and with content and a simplicity which could be seen as sublime or transformative.

    Which begs the question: which is better for speaking of religion, direct cinema to expose religious fervor and principles, or abstract cinema to transform the cinema into a spiritual experience? Religion can be shown in multitude of ways.

    Flowers of St. Francis sits somewhere…

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  • Pompeii

    Pompeii

    ★★★★★

    Review Posted at Aesthetics of the Mind

    Abstract:

    Paul W.S. Anderson rejects history and unapologetically creates a fictional story which constantly makes reference to its own artificiality. Affective images (emotionally affecting stills), saturated colours, and the hyperbolization of reality are features of its imaginative aesthetic, of a unique and auteur-driven vision of a fictional world: an artificial play which generates much genuine human emotion. Love is its content, from the love of Milo and Cassia to the brotherhood of Milo…

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Distant Voices, Still Lives

    ★★★★★

    Having now watched this an unprecedented 3 times in 3 days, I confidently add it to my 100s. Apologies to Pauline Kael, with whom I respect but complete disagree with on the idea of one-time viewings. Developing attachment to a film upon multiple viewings due to a stronger appreciation of aesthetic expression is not a fault of objective film criticism, it is a sign of the complexity and significance of the film and viewer relationship. Like with music, familiarity of…