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  • Stalker
  • A Touch of Zen
  • Post Tenebras Lux
  • The Joy of Learning

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  • Invisible Demons

    ★★★★

  • Uuuggghhh

    ★★★

  • Solitude

    ★★

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

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  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★★

    An ambitious work, transcending all genre conventions, in both its philosophical exploration/s and its filmmaking techniques...

    Exploration:
    (Among many other topics) rural life during the Ming Dynasty, political intrigue and Daoism vs Zen Buddhism.
    Like Hu’s other movies, a message about working in harmony with others as a collective, against government officials.

    Techniques:
    The first two acts feature wonderfully staged dialog exchanges, superb art direction and camerawork.
    The action scenes remove wires and replace them with trampolines, cutting between jumps…

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★½

    And that will be the end of seeing close-ups of Timothée Chalamet’s gruesomely thin face. Dune was enough.

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    Britain has had a shameful history of eugenics over the past century. Such a movement, for the sterilisation of people considered unfit for parenthood, was widely supported by middle class advocates.

    The neo-Malthusian view, held today by commentators like David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, blames over-population for world poverty, rather than the distribution of wealth and resources. In essence, they don't want to lose their privileges gained from global exploitation of the working class.

    In reference to over-population – in…

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  • Sisters with Transistors

    Sisters with Transistors

    ½

    The one trans musician featured (Wendy Carlos) has by far the least amount of screen time, limited to one Bach inspired piece. Suzanne Ciani interrupts to say this isn’t how electronic music should be, then Ciani gets another entire section to herself. It really dampened my enjoyment for the rest of the film.

    (I am excited to hear the live music performances about to happen, following the break after the movie. Might cheer me up a bit)

  • i thot i wuz free

    i thot i wuz free

    ★★★

    I find this work and others by video artist and digital painter Petra Cortright, both innovative and groundbreaking. One immediate reason being the removal of the artist/muse complex, by being her own muse. Another reason is that Cortright is filming and editing her piece in real time and responding to what she sees onscreen, as it is happening at that moment. 

    Shot on a webcam and broadcast online (before later being displayed in exhibitions) the piece becomes a reflection of the…