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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

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    Placeless people contrasted by vast open space, "Nomadland"'s harsh portrayal of capitalistic steamrolling grabs the viewer by their heartstrings. But preying on empathy can only take you so far; you need to back that up with substance. The film feels sparse, shots tied together by the faint thread of linear narrative. Shot and edited in a documentary-esque style, Zhao tells the audience very little, instead showing passage of time through movement and simplistic motifs like a New Years celebration or…

  • Bacurau

    Bacurau

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    β€œBacurau,” written and directed by Brazilian filmmakers Kleber MendonΓ§a Filho and Juliano Dornelles, is no doubt a political effort, following the path set by MendonΓ§a Filho’s previous works such as β€œAquarius” and β€œNeighbouring Sounds.”

    With the election of current president Jair Bolsonaro, the political atmosphere in Brazil has become less supportive of art as a means of boosting the economy, something that often leads to the death of film industries in other countries. In β€œBacurau,” Kleber MendonΓ§a and Dornelles tackle…

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  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood

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    A near-masterpiece. Unfortunately, the sound design was just too sparse for me. Those silent freeze frames? Awkward as hell.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

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    Wow! The framing, the movement of the camera. It all feels so incredibly fresh. Not to mention to performances. What can I add that no one has already said...Β 

    Watched as part of the Criterion Challenge 2021

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