matthew l.

anna karina-ist, writer of sorts.

"—the countermovement: art."

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  • Golgo 13: The Professional

    Golgo 13: The Professional

    ★★★★½

    Watched this right off the heels of SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA, and I'm completely enamored with Dezaki's stylistic boundary-pushing -- particularly those freeze frames and superimpositions, used not only to punctuate the drama, but also to fragment and abstract, to repeatedly bring our attention back to the basics of animation: shape and color. Here, ultra-pulp is elevated to high art . . . They don't make 'em like this anymore!

  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    ★★★★½

    GOD JOST STRIKES AGAIN . . .

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  • Padmaavat

    Padmaavat

    ½

    When a film has to start off with a disclaimer clarifying that they don't, in fact, condone sati, you know it's gonna be bad.

    I find it hilarious that Modi's fascist cronies threw a fit over Padmaavat's release when it's pretty much the Hindutva propaganda film of their dreams. This is literally just a far-right mystification of history, complete with savage Muslim villains and noble Rajput heroes (who won't shut up about how noble they are).

    Yes, Bhansali makes some…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    Autumn Sonata asks: what would happen if you gave the two greatest actresses in Sweden's history one of the most psychologically penetrating, deeply evocative scripts ever written? Add to that Bergman's expressionist direction (not to mention eye for color!), and you've got one of the finest films ever made.