Aster

Aster

Favorite films

  • Sans Soleil
  • Images of the World and the Inscription of War
  • Night at the Crossroads
  • A Touch of Zen

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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    ★★★★

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★

  • The Inextinguishable Fire

  • Trailer of a Film That Will Never Exist: Phony Wars

    ★★★★★

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  • The Joy of Learning

    The Joy of Learning

    ★★★★★

    I’ve seen enough Godard films to know that when I see one for the first time, I need to just let it wash over me. While Godard has distinct modes and eras, each film seems to have its own rules and metabolism. This one felt like a Rosetta Stone of sorts, as the last of his major 60s films that I had not yet seen, it unlocks and clarifies so much of his approach. Perhaps it’s better to view it…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★★

    I have nothing insightful to say about a movie this talked about, so here are some remarks on my personal relationship to the film. I’ve waffled on this film over the years and now I think it wasn’t due to some critical insight, but a jackass’s concern over image and polemic. Anyone born after THE EXORCIST, like I was, arrives in the shadow of THE EXORCIST. Its importance is handed to you before you’ve even seen it. How can one…

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  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    Ultimately, Curtis’ argument is that the oversimplification of complex problems breeds oversimplified solutions, and when these overly simple solutions are implemented—often violently—they produce unintended consequences that further complicate the calculus. I would like to keep this front and center, because while Curtis has many aesthetic and methodological weaknesses, the framing of his thesis remains sound, even if he himself is not fully beholden to it. The case for complexity is a flexible position, one that does not divide political and…

  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever

    ★★★★★

    imagine thinking this is bad.