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  • Black George

    Black George

    ★★★

    Strange little war-film/national epic about a hero of the Serb/Turk conflicts circa 1800; there's a minimalist feel to this -- all the battle scenes are organized in terms of spaces where the battle *isn't* happening, or showing the tension just before or just after the confrontation... as if it had been filmed by Jarmusch, in his earliest art-school mode.

    First Serbian feature. Available copy missing 20 minutes of footage, probably lost.

    The actor are naturalistic and appealing, and the costumes…

  • Lady Godiva

    Lady Godiva

    ★★½

    Lady Godiva's an interesting character, if you think about it -- how could a 12th century woman operate as an SJW? In the popular imagination, a guy like Robin Hood could fight and be dashing and adventurous... but the only thing a woman can do is exploit her looks; being the pretty thing that lives in the castle is the only weapon that's granted to her.

    Plus I'm thinking that the fable may have done a lot to CREATE prohibitions against nudity and sexytimes that weren't already established in the peasant zeitgeist.

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  • Out 1

    Out 1

    ★★★★

    It's got a gun and it's got a girl, so it's cinema. I think the only thing I can do right now is transcribe the notes I made to myself while I was watching it. Sustained thought? It's usually beyond me... and I want to read up on secondary materials before I commit to anything.

    Episode 1:

    It's absolutely a sequel to L'Amour Fou -- in that one, the characters were struggling against the collapse of meaning, and in this…

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    Art is one thing, lifestyle-pimping is another.