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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★★

    In my eyes, Pedro Costa is one of the most exciting, interesting, and important directors currently working. This is due to his principles as a storyteller and filmmaker, to which he adheres resolutely, making him a unique voice in cinematic history. Because of this I'm going to start off this review by explaining my fascination with his work in basic and broad terms.

    An organic approach to stories. The stories Costa works with stem from lived experience, while not being…

  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants

    ★★★★★

    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps the…

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  • Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    feel weird to give this a rating, it’s just a privilege watching the ambience of twin peaks. some scenes are flat out incredible. i think laura’s dilating pupils in response to the flickering light as she stares at the ceiling fan is way up there with my all time favorite single scenes lynch has produced. other than the odd gem, it doesn’t add very much with the exception of this atmosphere which has always been my favorite part of twin…

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★½

    Skin stretched over bones, sheet metal stretched over chassis.

    90% of the reason that I give such a good rating here is that I read The Atrocity Exhibition a couple of summers ago and Cronenberg’s realization of Ballard’s ideas is so similar to what I had imagined from reading it. To me Ballard is high cheekbones, and sharp jawlines vaulting into the neck below with a hand wrapping tightly around it. Ballard is a mechanical deconstruction and an obsessive focus…

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…