Matthew B. Demented

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Favorite films

  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Donovan's Reef
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

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  • Three Colours: Red

    ★★★★★

  • Tramway

    ★★★★

  • Seven Women of Different Ages

    ★★★★

  • Three Colours: White

    ★★★★★

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★

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

    In Chapter 9 of Tafoya and Johnson’s The End of History, the pair state that “the last decade of Scott’s career has been a long and angry one-sided conversation with the idea of God: looking for Him; not finding Him; finding Him and discovering He’s a child; looking for the God of the Hebrews and finding something more satanic. His films show people begging for help from the universe and, even with God right next to you, finding themselves alone…

  • The Mangler

    The Mangler

    ★★★★★

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    Matthew’s Journey into The Unloved: Part 46

    Out of all the essays I’ve seen of The Unloved, this one is my favorite and will likely remain so even after watching them all. I’ve got parts of it memorized, it’s very meaningful to me. Tafoya’s mini-montage of clips from Hooper’s films set to Proposition by Josefus has melted into my brain. Tafoya describes the essence of Tobe Hooper’s cinema as a man who “spent his life documenting the end of innocence.”…

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  • Three Colours: Red

    Three Colours: Red

    ★★★★★

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

    In his review of Floating Weeds (1959), Roger Ebert said that “Sooner or later, everyone who loves movies comes to Ozu.” While I think the same could be said about many other directors, I think it really applies to Kieślowski. 

    Although I love every part of this trilogy, Red stands as my favorite. It stands as the ultimate statement on humanity’s interconnectivity, and our need for empathy. In contrast to the protagonists of Blue and White, Valentine helps that old…

  • Three Colours: White

    Three Colours: White

    ★★★★★

    Chaplin once said “Whether [life] is tragedy or comedy depends on how you look at it. There is not a hair’s breadth between them.” And that seems to be the difference between Blue and White. A lovely little romp.

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