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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Day 30/30

    I did it.
    I watched Bullet Ballet, every day throughout April. Not sure if that speaks more about the film's quality or my Asperger's syndrome, but in any case, this has been quite a ride. I don't necessarily recommend doing this sort of thing since it could potentially ruin your enjoyment of a film, but I guess due to my obsession with this one, the enjoyment stayed pretty consistent. On the other hand, I see that my challenge…

  • Sick Film

    Sick Film

    ★★★★

    If you've followed me here for a while, you probably noticed that I tag films which include vomit. On one hand, this functions as a trigger warning for those who suffer from emetophobia, but it's more of a personal reminder since I'm (for lack of a better word) fascinated by vomit. Whether it's the nonstop flow in Gerorisuto (1986) or the eerie slow-motion shot in Disgraced Heaven (2017), when depicted in film, vomit has a strangely cathartic effect on me.…

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  • Sacrifices of Andrei Tarkovsky

    Sacrifices of Andrei Tarkovsky

    ★★★

    Fast-paced TV documentary about the life of Andrei Tarkovsky, including insightful interviews with many of his actors, crew, friends and family members. Seeing them at such old age, as well as revisiting the shooting location for Stalker (1979) made it worth watching. Otherwise, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill doc with stock music (and overuse of the beautiful theme song from Solaris) that doesn't mix well with the overdramatic narrator.

  • Bygga bilder

    Bygga bilder

    ★★★

    A Swedish documentary about Anna Asp's production design for Andrei Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice (1986), particularly the interior and exterior look of the family's house, as well as location scouting. Fairly mundane and repetitive overall, but for people who want to learn more about the working process of production design, this provided a lot of helpful tips, like to give enough space for the actors and filming crew to move around freely.

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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Let's make something crystal clear:
    This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Especially thanks to Kirina Mano's gripping performance and the stunning B&W cinematography. Granted, my taste in films is questionable to say the least, but for anyone who enjoyed Shinya Tsukamoto's other works like Tokyo Fist or Kotoko, I implore you to give this a watch. Some may get turned off by the bleak and nihilistic tone though.

  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★★

    It's interesting how differently Tarkovsky approached war here in comparison to his student film There Will Be No Leave Today (1959). Instead of the uplifting patriotism for propaganda's sake, we get the poetically contemplative bleakness that he has become known for. Along with that came arguably one of his most memorable characters in the form of Ivan, a strong-willed and valiant 12-year old boy tormented by the cruelties of war. The film was all the more enthralling when put through the perspective of such a young and sympathetic character.