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  • Little Pioneers

    Little Pioneers

    ★★★★

    Filmed in what is now Serbia, Zilnik gives us an intimate look into the lives of homeless Romani children living in erected slums outside of the main cities of Yugoslavia.
    Zilnik follows the young Romani children and teenagers through their daily activities as they talk about the hardships of living as Roma, but also the relationships they've forged and the ways they try to get by.

    It's quite harrowing to see little girls that can't be older than 10 talking…

  • Black Film

    Black Film

    ★★★★

    My first entry into Yugoslav black wave, a movement exploring the shift of Yugoslavia from Soviet-style Communism to Titoism.
    Funnily enough a term that the Soviets came up with to denounce Tito as anti-Communist, but became widely used in Yugoslavia to mean both the policies of Josip Broz Tito as the Communist dictator and derogatorily to describe part of the Communist Yugo-Nostalgia in the Balkans after the fall of Yugoslavia.

    This radical shift towards Titoism opened up parts of Marxism,…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★½

    [Third watch, 3D Collector's Edition]

    The original trilogy was a long, poetic space adventure yet this is nowhere to be found in The Force Awakens, it's no journey to sit down to and enjoy.
    The pacing is weird and inconsistent and often takes a detour to explain minor details or to let an action sequence play out just for the sake of keeping up the overly fast pace.
    The movie never slows down enough to let use take in the…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    A lacking and sometimes poorly worded, yet refreshing relationship fling.
    It focuses solely on conveying the mostly sexual nature of summer break relationships, and is supplemented with a nouvelle vague-esque style that reminded me a lot of Éric Rohmer.

    The technical aspects were adequate as far as shots, movement, and sound mixing went, sometimes even feeling a bit daring and artsy with its use of color to convey the emotional impact of a scene to strapping a camera to the…