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  • On the Silver Globe

    On the Silver Globe

    ★★★

    It's an alien planet alright, but the muted blues, sickly greens and abundance of grays make it feel like home, a melancholic seaside waiting for a symbiotic relationship or even more appropriately the brutalism of the eastern countries( New Belgrade, looking at you) . Not for the first wave of scientists/pilgrims with voices of high frequency that set their foot on the seemingly benevolent shore. In Żuławski's view of the world this leads to a cataclysmic spiral of madness, while…

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In this installment of a clash between old ways and modernity arranged marriage is under scrutiny of Ozu's camera. The central couple, whose life together begun this way, is in stagnating crisis. Compassion, it ever there was one, is gone, replaced with bitterness and laments on wasted opportunity. A sizable chunk of the movie is dedicated to the wife's nice, who uses their situation as a counter argument for her potential arrangements. She defies conformity, opting instead to search unchecked…

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  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★★★½

    Just when we thought that we’d seen it all from Holocaust movies, a theme done to death in this day and age, this feature popped up and showed us this unfavorable theme in a fresh and innovative way.
    At Auschwitz in 1944, the viewer is put in a situation to literally follow one of the members of a Sonderkommando, a group of selected imprisoned Jews who had the duty of removing the corpses from gas chambers, while he tries to…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    Leave it to Michael Haneke to shutter you with confusion and uncertainty.
    This is a story of repression, sexual and interpersonal, about exercising fetishes, about sickening obsession and damaged love. Isabelle Huppert is born to this kind of roles and as expected, she delivers, giving her maximum almost effortlessly. Some scenes won’t leave your head for days, but at the end of the day you will feel enriched for an unforgettable film experience.
    Mrs. Stone-face and the master of unpleasantness.…