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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★½

    This is going to take a long time to review...

    For now, my rating seem cautious and on the verge of contrarianism.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Bong (see THE HOST in my all-time list) and there were moments, especially the most "surprising ones" that are exhilarating to discover and taste. As usual, Bong is a genius of mise-en scene and choreographed action. A sort of Bruce Lee armed with a camera.

    But the allegory, even far superior to…

  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    This is a love letter to the laborers behind the screen, a shotout to Sharon Tate, her beauty and innocence and a payback for the 60s youth counterculture wich seems inevitably linked with current movements that may have some rightdoings in mind but actually behave like fascists themselves.

    There, eat that up. Hippies stunk. And murderer hippies stunk and blowed.

    Tarantino runs away from the clockwork staging and usual witty ping-pong dialogue. This one has a devil-may-care attitude that permeates…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★

    CUARÓN IS MORE PREOCCUPIED WITH THE FOREST THAN HE IS WITH THE TREES IN ROMA. EXCESSIVE DETAILS TO SHOW THE MILEU BUT ALMOST INVISIBLE DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT FOR HER PROTAGONIST AND HER FEMALE COUNTERPART. THE RESULT IS A TRULY PRETTY BUT DISTANT FILM, WITH MOMENTS OF SERENE BEAUTY BUT DRAMATIC STAGNANCY.

    I was unnmoved by the whole thing and dissapointed by the last shot. Nothing did change to Cleo, it seemed. At least, she deserved free driving lessons at the end……

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Viva Kore-eda! Long live the uncynical, warm heart of this Japanese Master Humanist (the Japanese Mike Leigh?) That's how you use low angle shots when neccesary (in a closeted, small location!!)
    No abjection or useless vile. Neither sentimentalizing poverty like Labaki does in CAPERNAUM.

    You see, some hearts are just full of love. And Hirokazu Kore-eda has the heart the size of Tokyo. And the wit to peel out his film with extreme care. Taking his time with every one…