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  • Trails

    Trails

    Quarantino II Film Festival: Screening #10

    João César Monteiro's debut feature is as complex in time and place as it is humble, finding rhythm in a slow, gentle pace. Rooted in that progression, in a journey as it extends beyond a single setting or cast into a greater cultural resonance. Gorgeous not only in its individual images, but in the construction of its sequences as they build on a recognizable yet distinct and unique atmosphere, almost like a world from…

  • The Days I Don’t Exist

    The Days I Don’t Exist

    Quarantino II Film Festival: Screening #9

    The haunting effect of every scene feeling like the final shot. Somewhere between the mundane moments of early Haneke, the nervous peace of Rohmer, and a more reserved take on Ruiz's style of fantasy (and several mirrors to Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry, which, if not intentional, are remarkably similar), The Days I Don't Exist is so elegantly haunting and uniquely human, less so in its realism and more in the permanent pressure of time…

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  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    Tarkovsky is a bit different from other slow cinema artists that dominate other parts of the world. Like filmmakers such as Bela Tarr and Lav Diaz, Tarkovsky holds shots for long periods of time, perhaps with more camera movement than the others, yet when Tarr and Diaz move their shots, they match the mood out of necessity. Their films are slow, so their camera movements are slow as well, makes sense, and they do it spectacularly. Tarkovsky moves his camera…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Relentless pawing at some vague anti-society message, with its receipts being from strawmen and caricatures created only to reinforce it. The Joker feels necessary in this world, as a sort of rebellion against upper-class callousness. It also feels like a condemnation of an uglier reactionary lower-class that doesn't concern itself with morality so much as it does an image and an idea. But ultimately, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver can do all of that, so long as it's in a…