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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    Interesting in it's attempts to reconcile character arks with genre pleasures and expectations. As much of an adventure film as it is a rape-revenge one, it's narrative ebbs and flows, not in entirely unexpected directions, but in ways the work into pre-established conventions, for better or worse. There's something enlivening about the way Kent tries to fulfill the expectations an audience might have coming into this, in regards to the violence/revenge aspect, while making that almost separate from the ideas…

  • NEKO-MIMI

    NEKO-MIMI

    This strikes me to be very much in the vein of the "counter-culture" cinema directors like Shūji Terayama, Toshio Matsumoto, or Yoshihiko Matsui. The kind of dissolving of narrative down to it's most threadbare form, to the point where narrative and experimental/avant-garde/etc. become one. It's a film of images. Images which follow a pattern, or a narrative, but the purpose is not to lead one through a story, per se, but to continue a kind of superfluidity of concept. Where…

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  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    The moment when it hits, you'll know. When everything comes together into formation. A crystallization of form, content, and perspective into a hardened diamond of pure aesthetical poetry. Where narrative seems to dissolve into the ether of a piece. Character is reduced into bodies moving into, past, against one another. Shapes crisscrossing.

    Not so much a work of montage (ala Mann's Ali) but a work of refinement of style. If Denis managed to hit upon her trademark, free-roaming camera gliding…

  • Us

    Us

    For as much shit as people give Haneke nowadays for his antagonistic (ie. trollish) approach to narrative structures, at least his visions aren't tonally incoherent and as formally milquetoast as this. This was one of the most agonizingly frustrating experiences I've had watching a film in a while. A film with clearly so much on its mind (and in no way stupid) but whose filmmaker is just not up to the level he thinks he is to be able to…