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I guess I understand why and it is also on my own a little bit for just not being into it, but the visuals here are not good to me. They are oversaturated, filled with unfiltered stimuli, and above all they are, consequently, completely devoid of emotional gravity. It seems like a constant search for the mesmerizing without a basic understanding of what makes visuals mesmerizing, the emotional reward behind it.

And it is also bad because it fatally damages the rest of the film; the characters and the story are all subjected to this exhausting logic of aesthetic climaxes without buildups one after another, and so they feel equally lifeless. A pity, because the premise is good and because it lets something permeate in the very few moments it is quiet enough to pay attention to its own potential. The end credits are a lot more of how I'd like this film to be than how it ended up being.
1 month 1 week ago
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Severely incomplete, so I check what is available. What is there, though, is a very compelling story about Irish migrants in the U.S. and a celebration of motherhood in what seems to be -because it's clearly missing a lot in the middle and the conclusion- a gentle intergenerational drama. I'd say it aimed to be an above average silent at the very least, because the surviving footage has a lot of quality. If you like Ford check this out, there's not enough footage to build a coherent story but there's more than enough to trace it and to enjoy what remains by its own merits.
4 months ago
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A fascinating, meditative exploration of art. To me, personally, it is about art as a way to capture a feeling or a moment in time, something that is brief and ephemeral. Erice and Antonio do not seem to share the same exact views on art and the art process, but their viewpoints understand and complement each other perfectly and I think the movie manages to find a compelling common narrative for both.
8 months 2 weeks ago
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The list is not updated (I'm thinking of redoing it entirely), but around 200 at the moment? You can check what I've watched in more detail here: https://myanimelist.net/animelist/jal90
3 years ago
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