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  • Trust

    Trust

    ★★★

    I love the concept of this movie, what it, in my mind, tries to accomplish, but I find myself surprised by my disappointment. The narrative seems to be the distant, commercial, across-the-pond relative of Mike Leigh, specifically Naked, though it wouldn’t come out for another three years (strange). I think the commonality here is that both Hartley and Leigh have a strong penchant for theatrical dialogue and stripped down scenarios, rather than one being modeled in the image of the…

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    Ah, back on my semi-annual pre-semester bullshit. It’s always a treat to see Linklater’s characters be themselves, lose themselves and then find themselves again in a world so seemingly free of boundaries. Watching his films is self-care because of how life affirming they tend to be. This is the fifth or sixth time, I believe, I’m seeing this now and even Wiley Wiggins’ lack of experience, made so painfully obvious in select scenes, is becoming charming. And now I feel ready to take on another semester of drudgery, and make it enjoyable, thanks again Dick!

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…