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  • Breaking the Waves

    Breaking the Waves

    ★★★★

    Technically, I think von Trier brings everything one could desire and then a little bit more. The shots at the start of each chapter work well, though perhaps best on the conceptual level, but really fits the aesthetic that von Trier seems to be going for. The pastoral setting, rugged and cold, meets Bess' unprecedented warmth. However, the von Trier aesthetic is much more complex than this of course, multi-faceted in its nature it is influenced by several subtle and…

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    ★★★★

    Came for the Koz, stayed for the Koz

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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…