Michael Dean

Michael Dean

Favorite films

  • Persona
  • Asako I & II
  • Minding the Gap
  • Columbus

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  • Baraka

    ★★★★★

  • The Burial of Kojo

    ★★★★★

  • India Cabaret

  • Awakening Spring

    ★★★★★

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  • Baraka

    Baraka

    ★★★★★

    I've haven't seen this till now and it's a shame because it's one of the most important to exist. This helped me put into words why I watch the films I do lately.

    I don't see movies quite as much anymore for enjoyment. I look to them to gain wisdom or understanding, to have a spiritual/moving moment, to experience real life I can otherwise not experience, or to create empathy in myself by seeing others I otherwise I cannot meet.

    As I've gotten older, my medium for enjoyment has changed, and film has been elevated to something else.

  • The Burial of Kojo

    The Burial of Kojo

    ★★★★★

    In a world where the movie industry feels hopeless, films like this are the antidote.

    So uniquely and passionately made, this feels like a completley Ghanian story through and through. I did not follow all the myths as someone unfamiliar with the culture, but it didn't impact my enjoyment one bit.

    Watching something so artistically pure is refreshing to my being. I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but the way this makes me feel makes me second guess that.

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