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  • In Praise of Love

    In Praise of Love

    ★★★★★

    Éloge de l'amour, one of the true “films of my life” - seeing it repeatedly in my early teens, received as a Christmas gift from my parents, it was like an instruction book for a DV camera that all Spielbergian kids could play with, and watching it was the first time where all the criticism I read of Godard, all the imaginary films that were produced in my mind by reading the criticism of films unseen, appeared before me, as…

  • From Nine to Nine

    From Nine to Nine

    ★★★★★

    At least for now, libraries exist. A little piece of utopia. To read under different voices, old and new ideas, and to maybe spend a whole day there. Not there to study for school, but there to read. And see the world through other people’s movies, see the world through another’s vision of it, the tension between the worlds as the exact space where the documentary images appear, never a waste, but working to show all the previous works’ place…

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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★★★

    originally published on 2017.04.19 with screencaps:

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    Projecting the Prequels

    The primary expression here is puzzlement, some indication that Ethan does not know his own mind and suddenly realizes he does not know his own mind…

    -Robert Pippin, Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy

    I have some friendships that began online simply because they placed two frames from two different films side by side, or one below the other, with…

  • Notes on an Appearance

    Notes on an Appearance

    (Originally published 2019.01.18)

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    In an essay on L’enfance-nue, Kent Jones claims that Maurice Pialat’s debut should be counted among the greatest debuts in cinema, and the fact that it is not is “indicative of nothing more than the overvaluation of progress. Which as Philippe Garrel, another underappreciated French filmmaker, once noted, has no place in the arts.” With Ricky D’Ambrose’s Notes on an Appearance, it is clear that progress is not on the agenda. The film is…