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  • The Devil

    The Devil

    ★★★★★

    "All sins must meet their punishment."

    The cuts to and from black act as a "return-to-zero", a resetting of circumstances for the spectator, but a further passage into the depths of the void for Jacob. The dissonance of this dialectic is what Żuławski appears to be exploiting in order to demonstrate the danger of the metaphor, "losing oneself is an ambition." "Diabel" suggests it is... until it isn't, until the resonance one seeks can no longer be sought.

  • Malmkrog

    Malmkrog

    In "The Infinite Conversation", Maurice Blanchot cautions that one should hesitate in considering speech as "a transcendent way of seeing". Cristi Puiu seems to share this sentiment with "Malmkrog" and its deliberate decantation of rigorous yet ever casual decay of aristocratic discourse.

    Puiu immediately conditions the viewer to anticipate its absence of landscapes and direct sensations from the opening composition of a lone figure being beckoned inside from the cold. It is one of only three exterior frames to appear…

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  • Big Fish

    Big Fish

    Burton remains disconnected from the light, his cinema only achieving the ephemera. The scent of pastels replaced by the heat of hardware. Your travels will always leave a trace. The camera lovingly vacates within a ram-shackled backwoods, overstocked with broken dreams, crippled big tops, and discarded histories. His father's face was floating, fading in Adam's ale. The tall-tale canvas orally yearns the passing of its fabricator, while its inscribed images remain uncertain of their origin or author.

  • Three Landscapes

    Three Landscapes

    The melting bodies against the African horizon and the motionless mowing men who move slower than the cumulus clouds above them leave mouths agape. The confounding, Ambassador Bridge sequence, which due to Hutton's camera placement, creates a composition that effectively manufactures the most terrifying staircase to heaven imaginable; both lugubrious and endless. It's more vertigo-ish than anything Hitchcock ever accomplished.