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  • Benilde or The Virgin Mother

  • No, or the Vain Glory of Command

    ★★★★

  • Voyage to the Beginning of the World

    ★★★

  • Day of Despair

    ★★★½

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  • No, or the Vain Glory of Command

    No, or the Vain Glory of Command

    The Thin Literate Line.

    Dialectics of the “noble crusade” and war, of historicism and romanticism (myth). The long journey towards the inevitable battlefield and weighing the nature of so many conflicts that have come before to lay ground for/inform the newer ones. Neat!

  • Voyage to the Beginning of the World

    Voyage to the Beginning of the World

    ★★★

    Textbook Old People Movie™

    I do like the motif of the camera following the back window of the car driving constantly though, after Day of Despair’s wheel shot and juxtapositions of static & moving, there’s the similar disorienting image here of the new information of the frame constantly encroaching, folding in on itself as the characters travel closer to the epicentre as per the title, histories travelled through and passing by on reflection while moving forward, reinforced through a similarly picturesque…

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  • 5 Centimeters per Second

    5 Centimeters per Second

    After sampling a few of his other works, (Garden of Words and Voices of a Distant Star) I was unimpressed by Shinkai's narrative style; it never seems to find meaty writing and a balance in pacing - with Voices of a Distant Style being far too rushed in general and Garden of Words taking it's leisurely time with scenery porn and asinine slice of life events and then springing forth in urgency with a sudden (somewhat manipulative, obvious and contrived)…

  • The Crush

    The Crush

    "Please Stacy, ditch this Chad and get with a real prepubscent gamer, please, I'll treat you right."