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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith


    originally published on 2017.04.19 with screencaps:

    Projecting the Prequels

    The primary expression here is puzzlement, some indication that Ethan does not know his own mind and suddenly realizes he does not know his own mind…

    -Robert Pippin, Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy

    I have some friendships that began online simply because they placed two frames from two different films side by side, or one below the other, with…

  • Notes on an Appearance

    Notes on an Appearance

    (Originally published 2019.01.18)

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    In an essay on L’enfance-nue, Kent Jones claims that Maurice Pialat’s debut should be counted among the greatest debuts in cinema, and the fact that it is not is “indicative of nothing more than the overvaluation of progress. Which as Philippe Garrel, another underappreciated French filmmaker, once noted, has no place in the arts.” With Ricky D’Ambrose’s Notes on an Appearance, it is clear that progress is not on the agenda. The film is…

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  • 88:88


    I watched 88:88 for the first time in a long time, since its festival run, when I would watch it on the big screen because it'd be my only chance to see the images that big, with the surround sound, (though of course the size of the cut is invariant) which is to say I wanted to see everyone I loved and thought with on the big screen as often as I could because I didn't want to take for…

  • 24 Frames

    24 Frames


    Originally published 05 FEB 2018

    Second Nature


    I will simply invert Rodin’s remark (he was, in fact, speaking of Muybridge’s work) to read thus: “It is the photograph which is truthful, and the artist who lies, for in reality time does stop.”
    —Hollis Frampton

    After the release of Abbas Kiarostami’s Life and Nothing More (1992), Jean-Luc Godard famously claimed that “Cinema begins with Griffith and ends with Kiarostami”. While the initial statement was made in 1992, we could not…