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How to Blow Up a Pipeline 2022
Heavy handed in places but understandable to get the point across to a wider audience. Tension builds well, which you can tell but how quickly the run time flies by. There’s little to no fat, with brief flashbacks added in at the right moments that don’t kill the momentum. All the sentiments of the film are spot on, of course. But you have to wonder if everyone involved in making this (and the author, of course) will forever be on some sort of government watch list.
The Artifice Girl 2022
Damn. It happens very rarely but I was drawn in by a trailer that completely oversells this. Might work better as a play or book, but essentially it’s a very verbose, needlessly complex, lecture about AI that forgets for the most part that it is actually a film. And the ending really, truly sucks.
Le Samouraï 1967
By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.
A startlingly brave film for the time it was made in, Freaks is a genuinely empathetic story that still retains its power today. Quite who the real monsters are becomes clearer the more we are taken into the world of these circus performers. The horror arrives not from those who appear different from the 'norm' but those who cannot accept them.
There are moments of course where Tod Browning verges on exploiting the very same people he is trying to…