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If you are the kind of cinephile who, like me, dutifully attends the services at the Church of Latter-Day Cage, this is your first reason in a long while to say ''Hosanna!'' again, raise your hands and praise him. You'll leave the pew whistling 'the hokey pokey'.
3 years 5 months ago
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This movie is unrightfully hiding in the cracks of 70s genre cinema. It's and oddly paced, magnificently shot mesmerizing tale of masculinity that is unlike anything I have ever seen.
3 years 5 months ago
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I'm totally fucking floored by Jane Fonda in this.
3 years 6 months ago
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Black power!*
*©The Walt Disney Company
3 years 6 months ago
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''What precisely is the nature of my game?''
Good question, PTA. It seems to me that this entire film is an ironic sendup of genre clichés and conventions that also manages to blend in some profound dramatic moments that reflect on the weird toxic dynamics that exist within relationships (albeit on steroids, but that is what makes PTA's cinema and this one in particular so baroque). It's constantly balancing on the borderline between parody and deadly seriousness, each strangly reinforcing the other. It exists in a realm of indulgent playfulness that borders on masturbatory. I find it maddeningly annoying yet very alluring. I appreciate PTA's return to ambiguous filmmaking that manages to be interesting and not horrendously boring (Inherent Vice is a truly horrific piece of work)
3 years 6 months ago
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An intimate, subtle and graceful story that still manages to effortlessly hit notes of epicness throughout. No preaching, no monologuing, just people moving through their complicated lives, leaving it to us to feel and think about what it means on a micro and macro level. It's pretty much unmissable.
3 years 8 months ago
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Rohmer's films are so charming.
3 years 8 months ago
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“In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call 'photographs of people talking.'' - Alfred Hitchcock.
I guess Selznick made him do it? The photographs in this case are moody and nicely lit and some of the talking is amusing but the second half especially is a ride straight to melodramatic snoozeville.
3 years 8 months ago
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Two and a half hours of deeply worn-out, threadbare images. Stylish, creepy, effective, sure, yadayadayada. I feel that our culture needs new images, as Werner Herzog says; without them we will perish like the dinosaurs, but looking at the business this flick is doing makes me wonder: do we actually deserve them?
3 years 12 months ago
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Van Driel is a graphic novelist, this début feature film is a homerun. It's full of sensitive and lyrical cinematography and mysterious yet deeply human characters.
Absolutely see this it if you loved movies like In Bruges, Sexy Beast and any other modern gangster movie with artistic merit and a weird sense of humour.
4 years ago
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A miniature story about an insufferable douchebag trapped in his own head. Only two filmmakers as talented and unique as the Coens could make a conceit like this into absolute cinematic bliss. From start to finish this is engaging, funny and tragic. The rhythm is exactly right and they do not drop the ball for even a single second. Possibly their best.
4 years 1 month ago
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A deeply weird quilt of Americana. It's as if you spliced Stop Making Sense, any Adam Curtis film and Altman's Popeye together in a single movie...or something like that. It's wholly unique. The cinematography by Ed Lachman is as always, exceptional.
4 years 1 month ago
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Whatever else fucked up shit we do as a species, homo sapiens; atleast this band was there, at that time with that director, those cameramen, those songs.
Well done, homo sapiens.
4 years 1 month ago
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This, Bunuel's best film, is infused with that ungraspable sense of mystery that is unique to his work. How he exactly does it, is hard to put your finger on. It might be the interplay between his at times bone-dry mise-en-scene and the rich, ambiguous use of sound. It may be the wisps of flashbacks that do more to suggest the inner life of Séverine than a long monologue ever could. It might be in the unforgettable icy beauty of Deneuve's face, who in a heartbeat can show an entirely different side of her character that we would never have expected to see.
The subtlety and elusiveness of this film that will keep it alluring and fresh for atleast another fifty years.
4 years 1 month ago
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A baroque, trashy ero-thriller neo-noir that is Hitchcockian, Depalmaesque and something for which no adjective yet exists ('Wachowskiesque is certainly not it either). This is a unique piece of work made with exceptional swagger, clarity, humour and craftsmanship. Absolutely not to be missed!
4 years 1 month ago
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A story told by an extremely intelligent man. Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.
4 years 2 months ago
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I imagine Bunuel and Carrière conceived of this movie in the comfort of their homes, drinking some refined alcoholic beverage from crystalline tumblers which they refilled after every new genius idea. Each scene is like being told a jokey story that sounds like it's heading towards a punchline but doesn't...not really, but it's strangely funny whilst leaving weird thoughts in your head.
This film is great art because it stays a step ahead of you all the time, which can be annoying but.Bunuel and Carrière make you love it.
4 years 3 months ago
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The fuckers didn't use the best part of ''The Chain'' by Fleetwood Mac; the bassline seguing into the final guitar solo. Now that would have been the perfect score to all the CGI/alien-explosion gibberish that followed, what a damned waste. That is it's worst sin. For the rest, it's a perfectly adequate yet toothless piece of entertainment. These Marvel movies get more like watching a ridiculously high budget TV show with each outing, also they are becoming more and more Disney-fied. I appreciated the opening scene, where they at least are reaching for something cinematic.
4 years 3 months ago
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Wonderfully raw and hypnotic at the same time. The sequence in the derelict house with the bonfire and the songs by Dylan and Cohen is gorgeous and mesmerizing. The final shot is achingly sad.
4 years 4 months ago
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This movie makes sweet love to your eyes, probably the most beautifully shot noir-in-color I have ever seen. This a tight and supremely controlled piece of work that's not boring for a second.
4 years 4 months ago
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The influence of this one is everywhere. I hesitate to say it has never been topped but yeah, probably not. This is a tight machine with a true sense for poetry and the absurd. Look at those colours, that framing, that editing. I will never tire of it.
4 years 5 months ago
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This is the best cop movie of the decade. Watch it for Ray Liotta's eyes.
4 years 5 months ago
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This sounded like a cheap, dumb Hollywood actioner but it actually is a surprisingly profound movie about inevitable death and the will to live. It's terrifying and also astoundingly tender and poetic at times. It is directed with unflinching and steady hand, I salute Mr Carnahan who now made good on the promise he delivered with his debut, the frankly unmissable Narc.
4 years 5 months ago
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What a treasure this is, Truffaut was a master storyteller. The tone of this film is just absolutely spot-on, oscillating between this weird deadpan humour, suspense and 50's style melodrama. I enjoyed every second.
4 years 5 months ago
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For the love of God, watch this. It has an excellent Cage, some truly inventive and fun visuals and Dafoe gives a performance that is a cross between his Klaus from The Life Aquatic and Bobby Peru from Wild At Heart, it's genius and absolutely unmissable what he does here.

Schrader's blood was up for this fucker!
4 years 5 months ago

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