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  • Persona

    Persona

    I rewatched this in a theater today and by the time the credits rolled I was completely contorted into some sort of bizarre ball, one hand on top of my head and the other arm covering my mouth. 

    Nothing can prepare you to watch this film. Not even having already seen this film prepared me to watch it again. It is a movie that means something different to every single person who sees it, and something different to each person each time they see it. It is the most emotionally arresting film I have ever seen. It's a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    [Arclight Cinerama Dome - Followed by Q&A with David Robert Mitchell and Andrew Garfield]

    This is exactly the movie I needed right now. I don't even want to say anything more than that because I don't want to analyze it at all yet, I just want to bask in how fucking awesome it was. I'll see it again and then I'll write a review with all the reasons why it rules so god damn hard, but right now just take my word for it. It fucking rules.

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 2: Genre - Horror - Silent Horror (1913-1928)

    Oh man, this really blew me away. This is by far my favorite silent film I have seen. I have never seen filmmaking that feels this modern in a film from the 1920s. Everything in this film feels so ahead of its time.

    To begin with, the complex editing on display here is what really drew me in. There are gorgeous long dissolves, flashbacks within flashbacks,…

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 1: Actor - Louise Brooks

    What a start to the challenge! I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. It has the scope of a silent spectacle-epic, both in its plot and its composition, but never feels the need to put that spectacle on display. As a result, we are left with a winding crime drama that lays groundwork visually and narratively for 50s film noir and establishes the level of grandiose that even…