• Charlie Morton

    ★★★★★

    Never in physical action have I ever found the chilling satisfaction of words.
    Never in words have I ever experienced the hot darkness of action.

    A genuinely beautiful film...

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  • The Cinema Library

    ★★★★★

    Beautifully captures the non-linear, jumbled, but beautiful nature of poetry, and combines it with the life of someone on the quest for beauty. Excellent cinematography, acting, and music make this one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had watching a film.

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  • PFDOOM

    ★★½

    Movies are all average

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  • willylamb

    ★★★★★

    Write life

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  • Gord Brody

    ★★★★★

    Watched this twice today: once without the commentary and once with it.

    I was kinda hoping I would get the off-the-rails Facebook Paul Schrader, but he’s surprisingly restrained in this commentary. It’s mostly just him and one of the producers talking about how the film got made, with the occasional funny comment here and there, like Schrader getting gay vibes off of the way John Wayne walked.

    The film itself is perfect though. Tied with Paris, Texas for my favorite film of the 80s.

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  • Samcrom

    ★★★★½

    "Only art makes human beauty endure"

    Folded layers of reality, theatre, literature, film, art, and ideology. Fractured self, a distorted representation in each medium.
    Beauty --> Art --> Action --> Harmony of Pen and Sword.
    Where do art and action converge? Is there truly a harmony found at all, or is it all contradiction?

    "Never in physical action had I discovered the chilling satisfaction of words. Never in words had I experienced the hot darkness of action."

    An intermingling of oppositions. Words as condensation (cooled, condensed thought)... inactive. Action as fire-- forceful, consuming, hovering along a knife's edge of destruction and creation.

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  • jon

    ★★★★½

    holy shit

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  • EthanElkins

    ★★★★½

    If you can get passed all the sex, then you will find an amazing film.

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  • Brendan

    ★★★★★

    So I bought the Criterion disk for this, which is the opposite of reasonably priced, but damnit it was so worth it. I knew after the first viewing this film was something special and a second watch just put the nail in the coffin. I put the disc in and was immersed in an imaginative world created by Paul Schrader and thanks to modern technology such as Bluray and surround sound, the experience blew me away; again. This is truly one of the most unique films I’ve seen to date and I am still
    hooked on the score.

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  • reibureibu

    ★★★★½

    Yeah it's good. This is one of those "grower" type movies for me, where while watching it I'm not sure I was super impressed, but as it went on I was realizing I was enjoying it quite a lot and actually kind of sad when it ended.

    I do understand that legally Paul Schrader couldn't talk more about Mishima's sexuality, so no points off for him there; regardless it would have been really cool to see more of that touched…

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  • Patrick McFarland

    ★★★½

    This is probably the most interesting biopic I've ever seen in terms of filmmaking. There's so much going on here.
    The aesthetics alone make this worth watching. The colors in this film are so deliberate. I love the way that each dramatization looks like an abstract theater production. Framing and editing are both great. The score might be one of the best I've ever heard.
    I also appreciate the ambitious structure. Each of the 4 chapters has as many as…

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  • Nick Dets

    ★★★★

    Like Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, Mishima is an anti-narrative biopic more interested in the thematic journey of its subject.  Schrader’s tapestry weaves fact with fiction, but the thematic continuity is so tight that the film’s power is only strengthened by its experimental form.  Schrader seems to intimately understand the mind of an artist whose life and work were torn between awe and contempt for beauty, and how the pursuit of total purity is often the pursuit of death.

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