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  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

    A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

    ★★★½

    "Art only expresses one thing: freedom."
    Simoun, A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

    "I don't make cinema for the market, so I'm ok, I'm free."
    Lav Diaz, interview with mubi

  • Cops

    Cops

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first Keaton film that ends with him not getting the girl, and a surprisingly resigned reaction and a rather dark ending that follows this failure. As if Buster is saying without the possibility of love, life is not even worth fighting for.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    Another addition to the series of new films that try to integrate “art-house” aesthetics/vibe with popular cinema and and appropriate them for mass audience. The same way that Ghost Story wanted to implement Tsai+Malick into a film that’s shown in AMC and Regal, this film rips off a whole bunch of films -from Tarkovsky (both Solaris and Stalker) to recent films like Under the Skin, as well as Twin Peaks: The Return ( If I saw this correctly, the eyeless…

  • Happy End

    Happy End

    ★★★★

    Never has a Haneke film been so self-referential: everything from The Seventh Continent and Benny’s Video to Cache and [explicitly] Amour, are referenced on some level and in some form, and this self-awareness isn’t just on a superficial level of reference to other films, but it takes the form of humor in this film, -which needless to say is extremely rare in Haneke’s cinema- it’s as if Haneke knows we can hardly be shocked anymore, that we have been far…