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May 15, 2022

The Treachery of Hope in O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization

There is far too much for me to unpack in O-Bi O-Ba The End Of Civilization and if it is to be unpacked I am not the […]
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May 1, 2022

Nimród Antal's Kontroll: A Mythological, Comedy, Thriller

Nimród Antal’s film Kontroll is many things. The first half will have you thinking it's a comedy about rough and tumble misfits trying to make their way […]
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April 24, 2022

Fame As Depicted In The Who’s Tommy And Pink Floyd’s The Wall

There is something disturbing about the famous footage of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. The adolescent girls in the audience screaming, crying, and even […]
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April 10, 2022

Schlingensief’s Slit Is Rough Going

Christoph Schlingensief’s 1996 film Slit also known as United Trash, will knock you on your ass with an unrelenting firehose of disgusting, bizarre, sex, violence, and depravity until […]
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April 3, 2022

Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying: Film Craft At Its Finest

The Cranes Are Flying was directed by Mikhail Kalatozov in collaboration with his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky in 1957. The two men worked on several films together […]
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March 27, 2022

Jan Švankmajer’s Conspirators Of Pleasure

The adjective surreal gets thrown around quite a bit but Jan Švankmajer truly fits the bill. I’m sure Breton and Buñuel would give him their stamp of […]
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March 20, 2022

Peter Greenaway’s Drowning By Numbers

    If you’re going to watch a Greenaway film you are can’t go in expecting to understand everything. You need to loosen your grasp and […]
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March 6, 2022

Albert Camus Drives Hiroshi Shimizu’s Suicide Bus

    Live each day as if it were your last is terrible advice. I'm not sure how I would behave if I only had one […]
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February 27, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.28: Paris Texas

    German director Wim Wenders made Paris Texas in 1984. He co-wrote the script with Sam Shepard. Paris Texas was Wender’s first “American” film and in preparation, he […]
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February 20, 2022

Miguel Llansó’s Jesus ShowsYou The Way To The Highway

​    Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway is a carefully blended mixture of styles and elements that seems at first to be nothing but […]
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February 1, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.27: The Last Emperor

    You never know what will strike a chord and stay fixed in your memory but often it is something small and specific. When it […]
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January 30, 2022

The Films Of Niki Lindroth von Bahr

    Niki Lindroth von Bahr fits right in with her Nordic peers. If you enjoy the films of Roy Anderson, Alex van Warmerdam or Jens Lien you are sure to […]
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January 16, 2022

Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog

    This article does not contain any outright spoilers but I do not recommend reading it unless you have seen the movie.​    In Jane Campion’s […]
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January 12, 2022

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce,1080 Bruxelles is a difficult film to watch. It’s painfully bereft of life. It is a slow, methodical, […]
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January 9, 2022

The Pathological Ravings of Masumura’s Blind Beast

    I don’t know what I can say or what anyone can say about Yasuzô Masumura’s movie Blind Beast except that it is pathological. I don’t know […]
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December 26, 2021

Hilal Baydarov’s 2020 film In Between Dying is Wonderful

​    In Between Dying was written and directed by Hilal Baydarov in 2020. It was filmed primarily in Baydarov ’s home country of Azerbaijan which sits […]
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December 12, 2021

Masumura’s Dark And Bloody Irezumi

​    Despite its appearance Irezumi is not a chanbara (swordplay) film. It shares many of the trappings of the genre, but it is far more brutal than […]
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December 12, 2021

Tanna: A Reenactment Of Culture Change

Tanna is the name of a tiny island east of Australia. It is populated by several small tribes of people. The film, Tanna, is a true […]
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November 21, 2021

Favorite Scene №26: Aguirre The Wrath of God

    In 1972 Werner Herzog dragged his pet mad man Klaus Kinski and a small group of actors to Peru to shoot Aguirre The Wrath of […]
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November 10, 2021

Baxter, A Dog and His Boy

Baxter is an unusual film. It is named after the protagonist who is a white bull terrier. Through about half the film we see the […]
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November 10, 2021

Entertainment And The Films Of Akira Kurosawa And Ingmar Bergman

There is a long held principle in film criticism that the entertainment value of a movie is in some way set in opposition to its […]
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November 9, 2021

Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer

In 2017 Yorgos Lanthimos released his remarkable film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Everything about its look and feel is unusual. The pacing, the compositions, […]
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November 8, 2021

The Role of the Environment in Onibaba and Woman In The Dunes.

Between the films Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo in 1964) and Woman In the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1964) there are only five characters and two locations. Both films are striped […]
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November 8, 2021

Deadpan as a Filming Technique in Roy Anderson’s Films

Deadpan is not ordinarily ascribed to a style of filmmaking. It is more often associated with the lack of emotion on an actor’s face during […]
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