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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    “Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses?”

    A clinical treatment of the faith<>doubt exchange, on a variety of levels, in its embodied state. The story form is reminiscent of a stage play until the deftly framed portraits and use of light/dark contrast elevate the picture to a new level (classic Bergman am I right?).

  • Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

    Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

    ★★★½

    A silouhette of a beautiful man’s beautiful life, but I felt the spirt of Wendell Berry’s precious concern for the land—and its deeply spiritual implications—was skimmed in favor of a more factual overview of the deteriorating state of agriculture. The documentary views much less creatively as a result... So, back to my Port William binge.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★½

    Seeing this at the Lincoln Center was fitting, as I left feeling both zapped and that a significant life event had just occurred. Sitting in the plaza and staring across at the free-form sculpture in the middle helped the experience marinate like it deserved. That outro sequence is utterly capsizing.

    Lots of fragmented thoughts swirling about — hopefully in a couple of months I can manage to align them. But if I all I can keep with me is the ruminating gaze into the pit of bell casters then I’ll be better than I was before. Also did I mention the outro sequence?

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    *review to come, too psychologically wrecked to sift through the dread*

    Update: In typical Haneke fashion this film visually arrests painfully long moments, executing a clinic on in-film, naturally-lit portraiture -- a gallery could be filled with stills of Huppert's elegant/terrifying glances alone. She cements her positioning as one of the industry's premier auteurs when in front of a camera by the way she powerfully occupies the screenplay's endless negative space and pause. Mercy. Oh, and that negative space: a deposition on empathy in one's best mood and a trembling reminder that freedom is beyond our own reach.