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  • Begotten

    Begotten

    ★★★★

    Film 31/31 (finally!) of Hooptober 5.0

    Begotten is downright sickening. It's a viewing only fit for the cinematic masochist. There are only remnants of a narrative here, shards scattered throughout a toxic spiritual wasteland.

    No dialogue. No real music. No defined characters. Just singularly brutal filmic expression. It's like the absolute pit at the bottom of the well of cult cinema. Can film get much more abstract than this while still resembling a narrative? Can a film get any more…

  • The Cremator

    The Cremator

    ★★★★½

    Film 30/31 of Hooptober 5.0

    This is an absolutely fantastic film. Genuinely ahead of its time and full of interesting cinematic ideas and incredible dream-like scenes. This may be a true masterpiece, one I could consider as an all-time great. Yet, sadly, since my viewing experience was interrupted several times I was not able to appreciate this film as holistically as I desired to. Still, despite the circumstances, I was able to recognize the pure ingenuity at work here. I cannot recommend it enough. If you're deep into arthouse film, let Herz plunge you even further into the surreal depths of the Czechoslovakian new wave.

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