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  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants

    ★★★★★

    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps the…

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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

    Film #82 from the list of recommendations, second of four from Angeles.

    If all horror films were on a spectrum from minimal to maximal, I'd imagine maybe something like Hausu or The Cabin in the Woods being toward the maximalist end. This however, would be pretty representative for the opposite end of the spectrum. Carnival of Souls is distilled down to the point of being one of the purest examples of horror I can recall having seen. Summarized very simply…

  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    ★★★★★

    required viewing.

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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…