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  • A Legend for Fountains

    A Legend for Fountains

    Thanks to Ubuweb I got the opportunity to see several of Cornell's obscure late films and A Legend for Fountains was the best of the lot. The disparity between his late style and his famous found footage works is drastic at a glance, but watching them in succession helped clarify that this movie follows logically from his early period. As opposed to the filmmakers that reappropriated his techniques for their own ends like Ken Jacobs and Bruce Conner, Cornell never…

  • Mon Oncle d'Amérique

    Mon Oncle d'Amérique

    These films are great so why do I resist them?? Resnais is never easy, never dull, but I've yet to see a film post-Muriel that's as good as his early run. I can't blame it entirely on style. By Muriel, Resnais was already moving away from the eerie tracking shots and architectural focus of Marienbad to the staccato, mostly static tableaux that would define his later career. Part of it might be that where Muriel embraces its dissonances (to such…

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    Too long to summarize, so here are some stray thoughts:

    *Yi Yi was my first Yang, so rewatching it with the context of his other films was enlightening. Yang never lost his bleakness but the comedic pull of the two films preceding this, Mahjong and Confucian Confusion, definitely rubbed off. It's subtle, almost imperceptible, but it's definitely there, mostly seen through a number of knowing juxtapositions. This shift also frames Yang's 'detachment' from his characters (read: highly varying shot distance)…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    On the weaker end of Kubrick's expat films but in many ways his most misunderstood. The first half has an intensity that rivals the best parts of The Shining. A Freudian drama: the father (Hartman), the mother (Joker), and the former's Oedipal slaying by the son (Pyle). This is a crude analogy as Kubrick always frames the social field in terms of the struggle between individuals and collectives, but it helps us understand the contrast with the "Jungian" (Kubrick's description)…