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  • Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    ★★★★½

    Film #39 from the list of recommendations (still accepting all recs), third submission from Henry.

    Gentle reminder of Kurosawa's unquestionable mastery, with perhaps the largest shadow looming over mainstream cinema. Even in this barebones, relatively simple story he pulls out all the stops. Complex character work, masterful blocking, engaging action, editing and framing of acute precision, but this is also probably his funniest film (though I haven't seen The Hidden Fortress or Rhapsody in August yet) with a humor that…

  • The Haunting

    The Haunting

    ★★★

    Film #38 from the list of recommendations (still accepting all recs), second submission from Henry.

    Pretty fitting that I should get to this recommendation now, as I just binged the Netflix series based on the same book a couple of weeks ago. Considering the liberties that Mike Flanagan took with the show they actually make for pretty compelling companion watches. Bits and pieces from are common to both, but applied differently in a larger whole, character are in part composites…

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…