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  • Le gai savoir

    Le gai savoir

    ★★★

    A noble failure, admittedly by design if the ending speech is any indicator. It’s inventively staged and beautifully lit – it looks like a bourgeoisie theater predecessor to Pedro Costa, and Leaud/Berto are so beautiful that every time they touch you can practically sense it. It pushes boundaries in a way few other films would dare, its aims are lofty and very worthwhile, it paved the way for some of the great Godard essay films…and it is dull.

    Would’ve made a first-rate short film.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Third viewing overall (last seen April 18th 2016), but my first viewing of the extended cut.

    Certainly worth appreciating, but I think I'll stick to the theatrical cut for Viewing #4. A few things are made more obvious, the structure skews closer to convention, the emotional logic is muddied a bit with the boarding school material. Malick got it right the first time.

    Even in this form, though...

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  • Green Fish

    Green Fish

    ★★★

    Lee's debut, a rough draft version of what he'd go on to do - it's thoughtful and sensitive, but it's also a little too dependent on hokey ideas of what makes a movie. Features a woman's scarf floating into a man's face, heavy crime-related violence, an overdramatic score...things of that nature.

    But he learned quickly and that's what really matters in the long run.

  • Circumstantial Pleasures

    Circumstantial Pleasures

    ★★★★★

    The Wexner Center for the Arts is making this available to stream for free until June 18th.

    No rating for now because I am going to try and give this a second viewing during that time. I suspect this might really open up for me once I know where it's going to go. It's probably impossible for anyone except Lewis Klahr to fully understand the meaning behind all of his choices, but this is just absurdly confident in its editing,…