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  • Mr. Long

    Mr. Long


    For a film bookended with savage knife massacres, I was not expecting this to shift liberally between comedic and melodramatic modes and tones in its central act. The result is appropriately strange. All the same, nice to see Chang Chen expanding his actorly credentials with odes, respectively, to Toshiro Mifune's Sanjuro, Buster Keaton's face, and the Humble Street Food Noodle Vendor (less of an actual person and more of an idea in all of our hearts).

  • I Accuse

    I Accuse


    Truly formally remarkable, J'accuse gives the impression that Gance is aiming to take just about every technique then current in image-making to the edge. If Griffith's Intolerance realised anything it was, no doubt, that cinema could encompass the history of the world and fold it upon itself, cross-cutting across ages in service of an albeit basic, somewhat saccharine idea. Gance, charged with a righteous fury over the folly and horror of the First World War, appears to have taken this…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League


    The existence of Justice League, in the form that the world has seen it, cannot be understood without the reaction to Batman v Superman (BvS) as context. At the heart of this reaction lies Armond White’s basically correct diagnoisis that the “culture has lost appreciation for the true aesthetics of cinema”. He further develops his point by arguing that this is a condition that has been preyed upon by artless studios to the point that those to whom a film…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame


    Kind of wild that one of the most deliberate, longest held, and thoughtfully composed images of the movie is the words "Five.... Years.... Later" being slowly presented on screen.