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  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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  • Body

    Body

    I think I liked this film, though I'm still not sure what to make of it. Eccentric for certain, it mixes two seemingly incompatible elements to flavorful result; however, Małgorzata Szumowska's deadpan direction (which won the Silver Bear at Berlin) doesn't offer many clues as to what it all means. Much of the film is a realistic drama about a young woman going through therapy for an eating disorder, yet other parts register as a low-key comedy about paranormal activity…

  • Sound of the Mountain

    Sound of the Mountain

    I needed to take a break from this movie about an hour in because it was just too depressing for me. Without exception, the characters in SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN are animated by either resignation or resentment; the film presents Japanese middle-class stability as a devil's bargain that leaves no one happy. The movie's sensibility is probably summed up in a few of Setsuko Hara's reaction shots in the early scenes, when she's forced to acknowledge how miserable her life…

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  • Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale

    Watching this again, I was struck by how Ryuichi Sakamoto's score impacts the film's tone. The music is delicate, playful, and often calming; it encourages the spectator to reflect on how De Palma is making art. Form is everything in this movie and content all but arbitrary, as De Palma catalogues all the fun things one is able to do as a director (split-screens, tracking shots, extreme high and low angles, split diopter effects, et cetera). In the spirit of…

  • Knock Off

    Knock Off

    I always have good time with this movie. The tone is generally goofy, but that doesn't keep the filmmakers from generating suspense when they need to. Heck, the movie is suspenseful even when it doesn't need to be—the early rickshaw race is far more exciting than I'd remembered, and the climactic melee onboard the cargo ship thrills for a good 20 minutes without interruption. Tsui Hark simply has a gift for spirited, good-natured action (and he's assisted to great effect…