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  • Diamonds of the Night

    ★★½

  • The Shooting

    ★★★★

  • The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    ★★★★

  • Rage Net

    ★★★★½

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  • The Shooting

    The Shooting

    ★★★★

    Towering landscapes besieging life through ecological oppression. The sun’s omnipotence casting brutal blows upon the brows of Homo sapiens, in turn aggressing all other life forms in a primal game of Darwinian proportions.

    Impeccably shot, Hellman transforms the Western into a Martian Battle Royale. Existential and oblique, The Shooting is a captivating death march to the end of civilization, to end of nature, to the end of consciousness.

    Arthouse Western.

  • The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    ★★★★

    A lot has changed since my last viewing of this film.

    Abstract horror, unflinching and merciless. At polar ends of terror, we can arrive at two aesthetic perspectives of this Brakhagean nightmare:

    1) The candid confrontation of one’s own mortality, with eerily naturalistic raw footage. A voyeuristic look at the gates of hell on Earth.

    2) The clinical rituals of art’s transcendence. The foggy desaturated ode to life embracing death. e.g. Brakhage’s emphasis on lingering hands — especially the doctor’s…

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  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★

    The Holy Mountain is not a deep film, masquerading rather in faux-artistic pageantry under the semblance of "surrealism". Really any other direction this could've gone probably would've been better. Jodorowsky fans might object and say "this isn't his best work, [insert more obscure Jodorowsky film] is". But seeing as this is considered his masterpiece, don't know what this says for my future with his work.

    The film works under clickbait surrealism: hamfisting overt yet meaningless symbols unnecessarily to provoke immediate…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★½

    Okay, I saw this a couple days ago conflicted with my thoughts on the film, and now I've made up my mind: Spiderverse just isn't a good film.

    The script and landscape animation are admittedly very good. The abstract design and colors give a facade of greatness on the hands of Lord and Miller. However, despite the aforementioned aspects, the rest of the film is a mess of fascist anarchy and lazy drawing.

    As Jean-Luc Godard once said, "Call a…