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  • A Touch of Zen
  • Stalker
  • The Amazonian Angel
  • Travelling Circus

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  • Mallow Forest

    ★★★★

  • 江山多娇

    ★★★★

  • Fixing Daisy

    ★★½

  • Malignant

    ★★★★

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  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★★

    An ambitious work, transcending all genre conventions, in both its philosophical exploration/s and its filmmaking techniques...

    Exploration:
    - (Among many other topics) rural life during the Ming Dynasty, political intrigue and Daoism vs Zen Buddhism.
    - Like Hu’s other movies, a message about working in harmony with others as a collective, against government officials.

    Techniques:
    - The first two acts feature wonderfully staged dialog exchanges, superb art direction and camerawork.
    - The action scenes remove wires and replace them with…

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  • Sisters with Transistors

    Sisters with Transistors

    The one trans musician featured (Wendy Carlos) has by far the least amount of screen time, limited to one Bach inspired piece. Suzanne Ciani interrupts to say this isn’t how electronic music should be, then Ciani gets another entire section to herself. It really dampened my enjoyment for the rest of the film.

    (I am excited to hear the live music performances about to happen, following the break after the movie. Might cheer me up a bit)

  • The Shining: Forwards and Backwards

    The Shining: Forwards and Backwards

    ★★★★

    I implore people to watch this, over the original. Absolutely extraordinary and even more terrifying!!

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  • i thot i wuz free

    i thot i wuz free

    I find this work and others by video artist and digital painter Petra Cortright, both revolutionary and groundbreaking. One immediate reason being the removal of the artist/muse complex, by being her own muse - something I cannot help but find deeply feminist. Another reason is that Cortright is filming and editing her piece in real time and responding to what she sees onscreen, as it is happening at that moment. 

    Shot on a webcam and broadcast online (before later being displayed…

  • Death Note

    Death Note

    A fantastic character study exploring the American youth, with themes of anti authority, anti military from the point of view of someone who contradicts this viewpoint, as they try to right their wrongdoings. It also explores how a world without a god, can be just as detrimental as a world with one. There is subtle religious subtext and an interesting Jesus allegory, which subverts the typical formula of how the metaphor is often used in film. Also, this movie is visually breathtaking.