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  • Redes

    Redes

    ★★★

    Quite impressive for its time. The film tackles an important subject with little nuance but the films still stands as a strong political statement on exploitation a statement that rings just as true today as it did back then.

    That being said I can't say the film has aged well. There are some moments that, despite their aged simplicity, still work and are beautifully shot and composed. Most of the film however, while nicely shot, felt tedious and repetitive in…

  • Love Song

    Love Song

    ★★★

    I am quite impressed with this early Sono short, even from the very beginning he shows a great deal of control in compositions and camera work.

    In only the short length of 9 minutes he is able to built a great deal of tension, using audiovisual repetition to slowly build up to a visceral climax. While mostly relying on the audio in this one, there is still an inventive use of setting and props to sprinkle in some absurdist imagery.

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★½

    A pure exercise in creating the Metal aesthetic. There is value in that, for sure, but I found the visuals to be lacking in poignancy and a bit self indulgent. The film bombards the viewer with its aesthetics without any restraint, resulting in the intense boredom I felt during the first and second act. Restraint is what this movie lacks on all visual fronts from the sometimes overused sound effects to the constantly visible visual flair.

    The film, however, is…

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    This was an emotionally draining experience. I've never seen a film that captures my view of life with such striking poignancy. This longing for a way out. This desire to distance ourselves from our own feelings and the tragedies of the world.

    Hu Bo seems like someone who understands how it feels to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, seeing tragedy on every corner, being trapped in a cycle of hatred and self hatred. This film was a call for help sadly heard to late.