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  • Bigger Than Life
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  • The Sun Shines Bright

  • Tokyo!

    ★★★

  • Bigger Than Life

    ★★★★½

  • Bigger Than Life

    ★★★★½

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  • The House Is Black

    The House Is Black

    ★★★★½

    "Forough’s voice was the first disembodied female voice in an Iranian film. The opposite, of course, was common practice: women were bodies without voices. For Forough, however, the point wasn’t to just show bodies, not even to show just bodies, but to show bodies justly. "

    I wrote about The House is Black and the moral vision with which Forough treats bodies, predicting the accomplishments of Pedro Costa in In Vanda’s Room decades later. You can read the full piece here:

    On Bodies: The House Is Black and the Politics of Corporeal Representation(s)

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    "Tarr’s cinema at its best, as in his newly restored 1994 magnum opus, Sátántangó, transcends the notion of an observational cinema... Observation is the work of the scholar, the anthropologist, the scientist. Yet, watching a Tarr film isn’t an intellectual exercise, as much as it is a bodily exercise."

    I wrote about cinephilia and the sensory/bodily pleasures of viewing Tarr’s Sátántangó for photogénie's dossier on long films, “The Eye of Time.” You can read my piece here:
    Ways of Seeing: Sátántangó and Records of a Cinephilic Encounter

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  • The Sun Shines Bright

    The Sun Shines Bright

    “Thank you kindly, I know this town.”

  • Bigger Than Life

    Bigger Than Life

    ★★★★½

    The alternative timeline where Walter White doesn’t meet Jesse and turns into Jack Torrance instead of Heisenberg. 

    Perhaps a more literal observation than what people seem to mostly focus on with this film, but the portrayal of the toll and trauma of mental illness on your loved ones, and the drugs that can/may sustain you but break you down bit by bit at the same time is achingly potent here.

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