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  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Theatre as film as theatre.

    Mizoguchi's camera pans wide and long, its subjects at a distance. We see the tumultuous world of Kabuki theatre from a stagelike perspective, and like all great plays, these characters serve as a mirror to humanity as a whole.

    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum's framing seems revolutionary for 1939. Mizoguchi uses shot depth to great effect 2 years before Citizen Kane graced the west, forever changing cinema. Yet, at this oft-distanced perspective, empathy for…

  • Trust

    Trust

    ★★★★

    One of the most strangely beautiful movies I've ever seen

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  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ½

    I haven't even seen this, but:

    youtu.be/f4KqUxfCnXY

    Update: I have seen it now, and it really is this bad.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    This is far and away the best film of the year.

    The direction is incredible. It's slow, hypnotic, edited like a memory. Every shot holds a magical essence of memories of a lost summer, of a life-changing experience, of love and heartbreak. So much is said in images. When there's freedom we get sweeping shots of the Italian countryside, when there's danger we get close and dark, it doesn't seem right. We can see character intention's through their blocking and…