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  • The Untold History of the United States

    The Untold History of the United States

    ★★★★

    I finally made it!

    Oliver Stone's massive ten hour doc on the "American Century" is quite a piece of work. More than once these past weeks I found myself unable to stand any more of its constant onslaught of frantic imagery, historical fact and portentous narration. But in the end, it was worth it.

    If you're familiar with the works of Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky and Chalmers Johnson, you won't find much to surprise you fact-wise. Stone's epic retelling of…

  • Russian Ark

    Russian Ark

    ★★★★★

    An amazing experience as well as an incredible technical achievement. Fun and beautiful, there's stuff in here for ten films. Solid essential viewing!

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    *** Part of Lise's "Hal’s Birthday – watch 2001 on Sat Jan 12 2013" project ***

    Started watching around 22:00 CET. Consumed a moderate amount of a technically illegal but generally accepted recreational drug. Been several years since my last viewing, I was looking forward to it.

    Impressions:

    First thought during Dawn of Man sequence: "The history of Man is grand."

    What if the monolith wasn't supposed to do anything, except being there? I mean, the mere existence of something…

  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    ★★★★★

    Never before in my life has a film left me this upset. Gaspar Noé's Irreversible leads you down a dark alley of pain and perversion, and each one of its short episodes adds more nightmarish detail to the fistful of tragedies unfolding in front of your eyes.

    The reverse storytelling does not in the least soften the impact of events - if anything, it adds to the feeling of being a paralyzed witness to a tragedy that has already taken place.

    My heart broke many times.