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  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

    Muriel, or the Time of Return

    ★★★½

    There's the lingering ramification of war, that Resnais paints through an expressionistic editing method. The world around our characters is alienated by his abrupt inserts. Even the characters become subjects of his gaze, the frame encroaching upon them, removing all recognizable environment - an interrogating close-up. The relationships Renais constructs between people and their world bleeds its way into the group dynamics - established in a jarring, beautiful opening - as bonds grow impersonal and frigid, the warmth of Helene,…

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★½

    As is enshrined within the cinematic annals for defining examples of film's malleable beauty, the ending of Irma Vep comfortably lounges atop a reserved alter. It's a scene that manipulates the established contexts of the image, evoking such a cathartic dominion, it simultaneously recontextualizes the entire prior narrative arc. The film is one about the remaking of classic french cinema, primarily focused acutely on the dynamics of the set and personalities that form the creative team. Their beings are, initially,…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    It’s rare to see a postmodernist perspective on the superhero film culture, a culture so deeply rooted in the traditions of a mindset rooted in escapism - a response to a world in the midsts of pre-nuclear wars. Comic book films have been so pre-occupied with capturing the essence of thematics contained within the source material that, while a substantial amount of the particulars are certainly relevant, there has been no attempt to transform our perceptions of such historically grandiose…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    This film is fulfilment. Of the ideas covered by Tarkovsky, this film covers fulfilment. The Room is the truth. Something incomprehensible. Which is why it has never worked. Which is why those who confide in it cannot find happiness.

    The rest of this will be describing the personal impact this film has on me.

    This brought me back to my childhood. This brought me back to the conflict I contanstly had with my father. Our perceptions on what it is…