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DUNE was everything I wanted it to be and more! From the reams of backroom intrigue, unscrupulous politicking and densely-wrought pan-global mysticism, Denis Villeneuve has made this film which does justice to a hallowed text while retaining the slick formal shape of a pop movie. And that, in itself, is no small achievement. Where Villeneuve’s previous work, Blade Runner 2049, too often embraced soporific longueurs as a shortcut to profundity, here the sheer meatiness of this ripping yarn is always…
This is hardly going to be a review because I don't think that I could ever review something so personal and deeply intertwined with my own life. So, what you're about to read is going to be a sort of diary entry and if I'm going to be honest with y'all, it's because I need it.
Isn't Everything Amazing?
My grandpa died of Alzheimer's, a few months after his funeral I watched this film for the first time.
There is everything that has come before, and then there is “Titane;” a film so drenched in motor oil, trauma, meaning and uniqueness, that there is no possible way to prepare oneself for the otherworldly experience of watching this film. “Titane” is a thrillingly confident, multi-layered and uncompromising vision from Julia Ducournau that deposits the viewer directly into its director’s headspace. It shines in a genre mostly known for its repulsive visuals as this film give more than just its…
An apocalyptic tale of human survival in a godless world, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse is a graceful rebuke to the hypnotic temptations of nothingness.
Like a nihilistic antithesis to the Book of Genesis, The Turin Horse dismantles the world in six days, passing from cosmic order to dark nothingness. Tarr’s existential story is captured in sumptuous black and white, and builds around a slow discovery of his characters’ lives. Narratively stark and possessing an austerity of tone that eschews…