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  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    ★★★★★

    Although I'm almost certain it's unintended, I can't help but notice the social fantasy structure in here. The film starts in the mundane (fascist) world of Antonietta, who wanders around her big family like a ghost, doing the invisible work and never receiving the appreciation she deserves and needs, as a mother, wife and human being. Then, Rosmunda the parrot, with her high pitched mockery, escapes her cage and by acting like the "doorway" to the "fantasy world", makes possible…

  • Ordet

    Ordet

    ★★★★½

    I was prepared not to vibe with Ordet for many reasons, but mainly because I knew it was a film with religion its primary focus. Nevertheless, considering my mantra, “It doesn’t matter a film’s theme as long as it’s well written.” I went ahead and watched it. And yes, this is extraordinary. Sure, there are aspects in the film as outdated as rotary telephones, yet I can’t remember the last time I was a witness – except maybe for 12…

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  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★★

    A lot goes on inside the frame yet it never feels even a tiny bit cluttered. The plot has multiple storylines that cross each other's path several times yet the story as a whole never leaves the realm of minimalism. Characters engage in mundane - banal I'd say - arguments and activities yet their foundations reach far deep into the human psyche. In addition, this is a great example of how building the film on a comic structure is far superior than squeezing countless jokes into a prosaic script.

  • I'm Here

    I'm Here

    ★★★★½

    This has some of the finest visual storytelling out there. Spike at his best!

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ½

    Absolute garbage.

    I'm a sucker for surrealist art but this is bullshit. Even my dreams have more structure and cohesion than this crap. And the acting is so bad that I switched to the Italian dub to make it to the end. Also, it's very well known this was a failed TV pilot, and then David Lynch added some other shit to make this unwatchable atrocity.
    He is a master on how to get funding for pieces of turd like this. This seems to had been his real talent.

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★½

    I related to this more than I was expecting, but then again, I grew up in early 2000s Albania, where dreaming big, blackouts, hot summer nights and "music concerts" in the neighborhood were the norm, so... of course!

    A musical that doesn't give a shit - mostly - which is always a good thing, but I wished it delivered its cliche storylines more slyly, in the good sense of the word.