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  • Teorema

    Teorema

    ★★★½

    Ten years later (or less, really...) a premise like this one would only be imagined in terms of contagion, vectors, epidemic, triggering the collapse of society.

    The line from Teorema to Shivers and God Told Me To says as much about the failure of "1968" as La Maman Et La Putain or Tintorera: Killer Shark could ever hope to.

  • Au pan coupé

    Au pan coupé

    ★★★

    An under-the-radar addition to the "youth discontent in 1968" library; this'n's Bed And Board for people who always regretted that Antoine Doinel ended up rehabilitated into proper middle-class normalcy.

    It's lyrical. And gentle. And any other soft and sensitive adjectives you want to assign to it, but it is all. about. the love story, in a way that finally seems a bit limiting. It's terribly, terribly emo.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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  • 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.

  • 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…