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  • All Light, Everywhere

    All Light, Everywhere

    ★★½

    A.V. Club review, along with a couple points that I couldn't quite find space for (or at least not phrased in the same way):

    • At the very beginning of the film, we are informed, via subtitles, that the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, receives no visual information, and is therefore a "blind spot." (This is, per the end-credits bibliography, Schopenhauer via Jonathan Crary's Techniques of the Observer.) Then: "At the exact point where the world…

  • Lost Chapter of Snow: Passion

    Lost Chapter of Snow: Passion

    ★★★★

    The ambitious opening long-take and its fairy-tale ambiance immediately establish a hermetic, snowy palace of memory—which is then promptly exploded, like the snow globe in Citizen Kane, by the cut to Iori on the back of a motorbike, dangling over a violent rush of hot pavement. And no less than in Welles, the virtuosic opening becomes a crystalline seed—a childhood dream of escape—that may or may not encompass or enclose every scene thereafter. (The indiscernibility is all.) Consequently, most every…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    For a film that’s predicated on gradual seduction and about looking/painting as a conduit for or expression of love, this opts for some rather unproductive presentations of time. The sense of daily ritual is poorly evoked: scenes are given just enough narrative information so we get a sense of the plot, but there’s no feel for duration, or a sense of deepening interplay between the characters beyond what is required to signal such developments. The fireside scene should be a…