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  • Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

    ★★★★

  • Ruby in Paradise

    ★★★★½

  • Crystal Nights

    ★★★★★

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  • The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    ★★★★★

    WELCOME TO THE ETHER

    Whenever binocular vision is depicted in cinema as two circles joined in the middle, you are being told an optical lie. The two eyes are but lenses through which the mind sees together but one image. When you look through binoculars, the mind sees not two circles but one.

    And so the circular, telescopic vision of The Forgotten Colours of Dreams produces a forceful distancing effect disembodying the viewer from all the material sense data being…

  • World of Glory

    World of Glory

    ★★★★

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    This 1991 short cemented Andersson’s conversion away from realism and marked the path to his Living Trilogy. Its Swedish title “Härlig är jorden” comes from a Christian hymn and translates as “Lovely Is the Earth.” Epitomizing the life of a tall, mustachioed, professional-class Swedish man, an estate agent, the film compresses all that needs to be said in 15 brief scenes — carefully composed images statically captured and arranged in a parabolic structure.

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    1) Holocaust truck, the screaming…

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  • Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

    Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

    ★★★★

    This is a complicated portrait of an artist, a life, and a family caught in the dialectic of colonialism and anti-colonialism, better known simply as Western imperialism. When the colonizing force you’re facing operates by means of dialectic opposition, you’re trapped; it’s insidious. To oppose it is to be incorporated into it. Anti-colonialism is a force itself contained within Western imperialism, a deception no one can be expected to uncover before it’s too late. It’s like a Chinese finger trap:…

  • Ruby in Paradise

    Ruby in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Another film I’m intimidated to write about. This movie is so profoundly meaningful, and so thoroughly well made. It has evoked so many thoughts from me, but a lot of them feel inadequate measured against the movie. I’m just going to have to list details that I love:

    – Ruby escapes the rigid structure of religious life in the mountains of Tennessee to the cyclical liquidity of a coastal resort town in Florida. Act one ends with the observation, “Here…

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