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  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Poetic and visual response can be viewed aboard the Spaceship @: mkrspaceship.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/raise-the-red-lantern-1991/

    Raise the Red Lantern (1991) In his adaptation of Su Tong’s novel, director Zhang Yimou dazzled the eyes with the rapturous colors of cinematographer Zhao Fei, on location in the Qiao Family Compound in Shanxi Province. Aided by the melancholic music of Zhao Jiping, this film elevated Gong Li to international stardom.. Ostensibly set during the Warlord Era (1916–1928), its ritualized patriarchal tradition subtly comments on the government’s…

  • Pinball

    Pinball

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Poetic and visual response can be viewed aboard the Spaceship @: mkrspaceship.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/asparagus-1979-and-pinball-2013/

    Asparagus (1979), Suzan Pitt’s first breakthrough animation, and Pinball (2013), her last animation, showcase amazing accomplishments celebrating independent filmmaking. On the CalArts Web site, Maureen Seawood wrote, “She [Suzan] believed that within us, we had the ability to unfold the way we dream. That each image leads us to the next image, giving birth to dense, often hyper-illusionistic scenes. She gave us her theatrical dreams through work executed…

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Poetic and visual response can be viewed aboard the Spaceship @: mkrspaceship.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/poetic-response-gojira-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-1954-96-min-ishiro-honda-japan/

    The biggest money-making blockbuster released from Toho Studios, director Ishirō Honda’s film has had a checkered past. The rights to the original “Gojira” were sold to Jewel Enterprises, Inc., where it was chopped up and reedited, with additional footage adding Raymond Burr, for mass marketing at American drive-in theaters. The original references to the nuclear bombing of Japan as the cause for this monstrous creature disappeared.

  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Poetic and visual response can be viewed aboard the Spaceship @: mkrspaceship.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/five-easy-pieces-1970/

    Five Easy Pieces (1970) 98 Min. Bob Rafelson directed this classic of independent American film from a script he co-wrote with Carole Eastman. Jack Nicholson gives one of his greatest performances as a disgruntled blue-collar oil field worker whose real heritage is revealed when he learns his upper-class father is dying. Karen Black is astoundingly believable as his girlfriend, Rayette, in this road movie.