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  • War and Peace

    War and Peace

    ★★★★½

    From the moment I saw this trailer, I knew this was something I desperately needed to see. For any who are uninformed, earlier this year Janus Films announced they had completed work on a restoration of Sergey Bondarchuck's epic-7 hour adaptation of Tolstoy's iconic War and Peace; which would receive a limited theatrical run and a home-video release through Criterion in July. Until this news dropped, I had never even heard of this films existence, so the following information only…

  • U.S. Go Home

    U.S. Go Home

    ★★★★★

    “He’s a communist; that’s great! Have a Coca-Cola!”

    Denis might as well have titled this “Needledrop: The Movie”. Like the cool of Godard colliding with the patience of Tarkovsky. I truly and deeply FELT every last moment of this. U.S. Go Home is quite simple; short and sweet, but oh so poignant and achingly honest. You’ll read in plenty of other pieces on this that it’s “one of the greatest films about adolescence ever made”, and I’m going to continue…

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  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★★★

    If Persona didn’t already exist, The Silence would’ve likely been an all-time favorite of mine—but it feels more like a rehearsal for the masterclass that came only three years later. Lots of the same ideas are explored in both, and The Silence might even has more on its mind—though that might be why it felt a tad muddled by comparison. There are even direct callbacks to The Silence in Persona, like the use of a sound-bite of Gunnel Lindblom screaming…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    So here’s the deal, Winter Light is of course one of Bergman’s best, even one of his most powerful and emotionally affecting, but there’s not a lot else I feel the need to go at length about. The film honestly speaks for itself. There are no if, ands, or buts when it comes to what Bergman is trying to say here. Winter Light is as direct a denouncement of god as you’ll probably find amongst his oeuvre. The bluntness of…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    The last month of my life has been one of the hardest I’ve ever endured emotionally. I won’t get into detail, but I lost the most important person in my life, and since then I have felt totally lost. My purpose is no longer clear and my spark for all things creative feels as if its gone out. The things that once brought me comfort now seem to bring on a sense of unease. Even watching films is a challenge…

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★★★

    When I rang in 2019, I was quite eager to tear into Criterion's glorious Ingmar Bergman's Cinema box set and just absorb the wealth of pure artistry surely to be displayed on some level in each film included. Particularly though, I was very excited to return to Bergman's trilogy-as I haven't revisited any of those films since I first saw them. Oddly enough, I was probably *least excited for Through a Glass Darkly, as I felt my original opinion would…