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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out


    the dialectic of sound and image: sound can certainly reveal what an image cannot on its own, and vice versa; yet even still, sound and image together can never reveal the whole truth. and sound can delineate spatial relationships or render them practically irrelevant, as easily can images. it’s all about convergence, consolidation, connecting the dots, constellating them into a single plane free of beguiling deviations—a mostly futile exercise, since those deviations are too tempting to explore, and too beautiful…

  • Good Time

    Good Time


    what a misleading title, though. this is actually probably one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever have watching a movie! it was for me, at least. this had me shaking, even on a second watch.

    the safdies have a strong and (literally) sensational penchant for avant-garde imagemaking; most of this plays out in a cacophony of close-up and shallow depth-of-field, claustrophobic scope frames awash with tertiary color, human faces drifting and stumbling and crashing through spaces abstracted, obstructed, romanticized,…

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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    tfw ur tryna make a post apocalyptic atmospheric horror tension filled chamber piece and u dish out shitty dream sequences, no interesting ways of examining the space of ur location besides a couple of decent corridor shots that u end up milking the shit out of, impressively ineffectual character development, an unbelievably overbearing and out-of-place score, zero tension between the characters until the last ten minutes (and blow it all within three), and take the idea of "the less you know the scarier" so fucking far that there's very little reason to be interested in the world that it inhabits in the first place.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    archillect: the movie; which basically means a bunch of vaguely intriguing but ultimately forgettable aesthetics that barely evoke thin and fake-deep ideas of "loneliness" and "alienation" from a world saturated with modernism and technology and that i was about to give it a 2.5 until it becomes literally one of the most racist fucking things ive ever seen in my life holy FUCK