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  • Cemetery of Splendour

    Cemetery of Splendour

    ★★★★

    I watched this while pretty tired, but funnily enough, I feel that my fatigue actually aided the experience. My sleepiness seemed somehow thematically appropriate even.
    I absolutely loved the pensive nighttime scenes, with the gradually changing colors, the static camera and the ambient sounds of a dreaming city.

  • Road

    Road

    ★★★★★

    This film feels like you're in a play, on the stage with the actors - thanks to the permanently personal camera and fluid tracking shots.
    Some of the thespians talk to you, some don't, some scream at you, and still others hold affecting soliloquies to an audience of deserted streets and dilapidated houses.

    I'd cry, but I don't think tears would come. And there's nothing worse than than an empty cry, it's like choking.

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  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    The prologue and the "Prince" scenes are easily two of the best I have ever seen, the score is absolutely sublime and the cinematography stunning. I could go on, but it would just be superlatives upon superlatives, so I won't bother.
    I don't often rate films with five stars, that way it gives more meaning to the films that I do, and Werckmeister Harmonies definitely deserves all five.

    And now, we'll have an explanation that simple folks like us can also understand, about immortality. All I ask is that you step with me into the boundlessness, where constancy, quietude and peace, infinite emptiness reign.

  • Landscape in the Mist

    Landscape in the Mist

    ★★★★½

    Desolate, decrepit, bleak, beautiful. Understated long takes, restrained performances, a touch of the surreal, great compositions and coloring straight out of a Melville film, with bright saturated reds often popping out.
    This is my first Angelopoulos film and it reminds me a lot of Tarkovsky and Tarr (which is pretty much the highest praise I can think of), so I'm excited to delve deeper into his filmography.