• World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    ★★★★★

    Hertzfeldt's auteurism has never been lost: it constantly evolves. The World of Tomorrow series folds space and time into a two-dimensional adventure with 3D visual prospects and inclines more the improvisatory narrative into a cyberpunk reality where identity is less relevant each time, in a future world that assigns more importance to perpetuity and eternal transcendence rather than the current state of being.

    I won't deny I miss Emily Prime, and although the animation has reached new levels of immersion…

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna

    ★★★★

    The patterns have been drawn in the trilogy, and well as the common denominators (in the order of The Hour of the Wolf --> Shame --> The Passion of Anna:

    MAX VON SYDOW
    -Johan: Traumatized, ridiculed artist. The name has a Hebrew origin and means “Yahweh has been Gracious”.
    -Jan: Repressed artist, broken and turned 180°. Name is a male variant of “John”.
    -Andreas: A lonely brute, violent and lustful, hiding his identity beneath etiquette. Name comes from the Greek…

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

    Ullmann has changed from Alma ("soul") to Eva ("the first woman created that dragged his husband into sin"). Von Sydow has changed from the abused artist to the repressed artist. The immediate mental connection we make with the violin, genre-wise, is drama, and feeling-wise, is elegance. It's also a capricious instrument, known among musicians to be the one that constantly betrays the player, and therefore, one of the most complicated to handle.

    The film simultaneously is and isn't about war.…

  • The New Land

    The New Land

    ★★★★★

    *Twitch Redeem by Seventh_Persona.*

    On my search of 100/100s.

    "THE SETTLERS"

    Now the neighbor's green pasture has dried while stepping on it, but not because of a fire, or because of nature's seasonal behavior: it will be drenched in blood. The idealized "Promised Land" proves to be a golden cage where the test of survival has now acquired a different taste: the homesickness has been maximized, the regrets begin to rise to the surface, the savagery now heads on.

    The…

  • The Emigrants

    The Emigrants

    ★★★★★

    *Twitch Redeem by Seventh_Persona.*

    On my search of 100/100s.

    The largest Swedish superproduction at the time, the one that showed off the Academy Award's insecurity and lack of organization by nominating this film for different categories in two separate years, the titan that Kubrick admired: the first half of Troell's nearly unsurpassable historical titan is a highly ultra-realistic and extremely sincere masterpiece about contrasts; the "American" "dream" finding its way into worldwide heads idealizing "the neighbor's pasture as greener", religious…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★½

    Utilitarianism vs. profit maximization; reputation vs. honor; families vs. shareholders aka corporate families (lol). Kurosawa's take on post-war Hitchcock doesn't quite match the latter's brilliance, and still this had enough versatility to tie with the likes of a lesser Hitchcock like Dial M for Muder (1954)! Reminding us of the rare multigenre capabilities of extremely few directors such as Chahine, this evolves from a single-location thriller, to one of the best police procedural films ever made that cemented the foundations…

  • Show Me the Father

    Show Me the Father

    ★★★★

    What is a father supposed to be?

    1) Encourager
    -“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” --> Hebrews 12: 5-6

    2) Provider
    -“Give us this day our daily bread.” --> Matthew 6:11

    3) Leader
    -“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This…

  • The Year of the Deer

    The Year of the Deer

    ★★★½

    "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on…

  • Thingu

    Thingu

    ★★★

    Was personally never a fan of Pingu, but this one brought a couple of smiles. It was simply a re-enactment of the key scenes from Carpenter's remake, and humorously so.

    But it was bannnnnnned forever (Czechoslovak Communism flashbacks here) two weeks after it was uploaded... until now.

    Uuhhh....

    63/100

  • crow

    crow

    ★★★★½

    *Epilepsy Warning*

    The anti-cinema evidence that both reality and animation can be equally strong sources of stress and distress; cacophonies finding it impossible to dance to the random and accelerated rhythm of a chaotic modernity, while the creative process of the artist suffers from invasion due to a saturated head. The crow has an Allan-Poe-like symbolism in the hysterical nature of it all. The forgotten and ignored son of Atman (1975).

    90/100

  • No Crying at the Dinner Table

    No Crying at the Dinner Table

    ★★★★½

    *Twitch Redeem by Jaime Rebanal.*

    Available here.

    Carol Nguyen is a beautiful woman inside and out.

    My brother is the most admirable man I know, even above my father, who I honor deeply because God tought me that as a conviction that would allow me to live happier and at peace. Years later, after lies, manipulations, disappointments, and physical and verbal abuse from him throughout many years, I considered that to be humanly impossible. Yet, Exodus 20:12 kept resounding in…

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

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    "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
    -Exodus 20:12 (KJV)

    The Golden Age of Hollywood has been discussed by many authors and critics to be cemented on stronger family-related foundations and principles than modern cinema, which tends to glorify acts that would nowadays be considered criminal to depict on screen, even in fiction. I agree with that statement in general terms.…