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  • Ten Skies

    Ten Skies

    ★★★★★

    One thing I've come to notice over the past couple years is that structuralist cinema, despite its tendencies towards technical rigor and the intellectualized premise, for me often provides an immensely personal and emotional experience that may or may not be intentional at all on the behalf of the filmmaker*. I believe that this is in large part due to the way that so many of them overtly outline their structures in a way that directly informs the way a…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★★

    Kurosawa’s Pulse operates on so many levels it’s tough to keep track of. That being said, it is essential to note that this is not a film about the sociological dangers of the internet, or what have you. Rather, it is a film about the degradation of human systems—especially those regarding not only communication but representation—and the means through which loneliness and alienation may proliferate as a virus in the wake of such breakdown. The fact that the internet is…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★½

    a work which consistently rewrites both itself and its predecessors, undercutting the narratives it explicitly lays out as a means of reaching eventual and tragic vindication. the tyranny of a centrist surveillance state as a denial of trauma and the experience of otherized parties, though this is of course what ultimately brings it all together and allows for the glorious breakdown of hegemonic control. (meanwhile, Shyamalan’s own control over form is truly remarkable.) 

    upon recently revisiting Unbreakable, i remarked that…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    Ultimate Cut

    gods & masters, a flawed ideology eroded by a recognition of self in the Other--a surrogate mother saved at last (tears flood in). the axes of knowledge & power, corruption & good break down, an impossible justice rendered unto chaos, spangled across waves of digital smoke and electric heat. 

    not since Coppola's Youth Without Youth have i felt that a film demands to be rewatched such as this, but like that film as well, BvS aches with an endless sadness running…