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  • The Sleep Curse

    The Sleep Curse

    ★★★½

    kind of like yau's ip man film - the promised genre pleasures (fight scenes there, explicit gore here) seem slightly beside the point to deeply felt, very blunt attempts to think through history and frailty and age.

    as is often case with yau it's hard to see where budget/script expediency stop and his odd sense of sentimentality and emotional grounding start; i'm not sure in some ways he ever successfully adapted to the loss of texture forced by switch to…

  • Half Girlfriend

    Half Girlfriend

    strange sort of ersatz filmmaking, splitting its bet between the 90s campus film (with none of the go for broke stylization you'd get with even like bobby deol in opening half of barsaat) and the 2000s yash raj/imtiaz multiplex film; what's left is pandering and lacking any kind of aesthetic or emotional center, every shot of characters walking moonily into the rain or running in ny in the snow seems like xerox of better films with more expensive color correct…

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  • Jauja

    Jauja

    ★★★★★

    jauja is often but not always about a man trying to walk through a landscape without falling, although he ends up falling often.

    jauja is a film for people who love horses and dogs.

    the horizon in jauja rarely dominates, it is a landscape film where the screen is most often dominated by tall grass, rocks, dirt, still water, rocks. in one of the central moments the night sky dominates the frame, but in that shot the central figure is…

  • Three

    Three

    ★★★★½

    tiny fable of spiritual growth at unimaginable cost.

    the body is fragile and soul is vulnerable. moves to an internal music i'm still struggling to hear, same melody as that other baffling masterpiece life without principle.

    think none of us understand this.