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Favorite films

  • Great Freedom No. 7
  • … ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren…
  • The Forth Road Bridge
  • North of Superior

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  • Good Night, and Good Luck.

    ★★★★

  • They Fought for Their Motherland

    ★★★★

  • The Gay Divorcee

    ★★★½

  • The Set-Up

    ★★★★½

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  • Good Night, and Good Luck.

    Good Night, and Good Luck.

    ★★★★

    George Clooney wears his Sidney Lumet influence quite brilliantly, capturing the stoic and frigid madness just behind the camera - the screen its own stage the world has been building up to. Even its creative liberties feel like a detail to the legacy of an otherwise incredibly vivid history. It's rare to find an Oscar favorite with such harsh matter-of-fact material, from the subtle contexts to the razor-sharp cuts.

    The relative absence of Joseph McCarthy in his own downfall is…

  • They Fought for Their Motherland

    They Fought for Their Motherland

    ★★★★

    While I did enjoy Sergey Bondarchuk's Waterloo, it lacked in the sort of madness I found so captivating in his magnum opus, 1966's War and Peace. Thankfully, his return to the Soviet Union seems to have inspired (or given him the freedom to express) the similar brand of madness that is rarely expected then or now on such a massive scale. The scale of Waterloo was decidedly less psychological, whereas They Fought for Their Motherland harkens closer to the beautiful…

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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…

  • Marketa Lazarová

    Marketa Lazarová

    ★★★★★

    Sátántangó may be this film's only rival in terms of quality, yet they are near polar opposites, with Sátántangó achieving mood through slow, sprawling, dense story-telling, and Marketa Lazarová punching with every scene of action and dialogue; as flashy and bombastic as possible.

    Of course this is all a personal perspective, but if I were to visualize a potential "peak" of film perfection, Sátántangó and Marketa Lazarová are the only films that seemed to attempt that jump. Neither film is…