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  • Boiling Point

    ★★★

  • Heroic Losers

    ★★★

  • Kummatty

    ★★★★½

  • Within Our Gates

    ★★★★½

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  • Edvard Munch

    Edvard Munch

    ★★★★★

    To fully understand the work of Peter Watkins, it is important to understand the context in which he made his films. This rule is especially important in the appreciation of Edvard Munch, without a doubt his most personal achievement, and one of the few who received praise from the public. The NRK, the Norwegian broadcasting company that co-produced the show, was particularly displeased by this potential success; it may be because of the fact that Watkins was a foreign director,…

  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)

    La Commune (Paris, 1871)

    ★★★★★

    13 days.

    In 13 days, Peter Watkins, his team and 200 non-professional actors worked together to create one of the most important piece of cinema of all time. Its 6 hour runtime may seem intimidating, but every second is crucial to achieve Watkins' objective.

    The director was already known for his critiques of mass media, and its tendency to silence those who challenges the status quo - he himself was the victim of the system, notably with the release of…

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  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    ★★★

    Film School dropout 2021

    Week 18: Awards - Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award

    My second venture in the world of Takeshi Kitano - the first one being his eccentric Zatoichi - is one weird experience. The film’s structure is what surprised me the most: without any warning Kitano will shift the film’s focus on a ruthless yakuza, even though we were following a totally unrelated young man with some issues with his social skills. The final result is…

  • Heroic Losers

    Heroic Losers

    ★★★

    A surprisingly fun film, even though the English - and French - name is incredibly underwhelming (La odisea de los giles sounds way better than Heroic Losers, I'm sure they could've found a better name than that)! Overtly dramatic segments hide a well thought-out heist film about a bunch of workers plotting against the man who himself plotted to steal the money of hundreds of people. It is also predictable - especially when you begin with the film's conclusion -…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    I couldn’t get past the door the first time.

    I went through the psychotic hitchhiker without much problem. The bone totems were pretty soft in comparison. Hell, even the devilishly effective opening sequence was endurable. But I had to stop at the door - the apprehension was just too much. I knew what was behind it, and I couldn’t push myself to witness it, so I stopped watching.

    Six years or so later, I see it’s screening in a movie theater…

  • Within Our Gates

    Within Our Gates

    ★★★★½

    Criterion Challenge 2021

    #21: A film featured in the "Pioneers of African American Cinema" series

    I couldn't say what surprised me the most while watching Within Our Gates. Was it the quality of its craft, even though it was made in less than optimal conditions by people actively oppressed by the society they lived in? Was it its themes and messages, which are unfortunately still relevant in the twenty-first century - a world where we have live footage of a…