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  • Nomadland



    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



    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


    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


    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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