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  • The 47 Ronin

    The 47 Ronin

    ★★★★

    There is very little to be said about The 47 Ronin nowadays given its fame, as everything worth being said seems to have already been uttered. Yet, there is one thing I thought should be mentioned, and it reveals just how greatly Mizoguchi understood the intellectual climate and society in which this venerable event took place. The form of the film, its structure, is such that a remarkable lack of emphasis is placed on the fulfillment of the revenge itself—indeed…

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    ★★★

    I got the chance to review the debut feature from Red Scare member Dasha Nekrasova for In Review Online; check out the full thing here!

    Recently, while on my way to lunch with two of my close friends, I stumbled across a building I’d only seen before in pictures. Erected in Tribeca, a granite monolith as forbidding as the best of any work of Brutalism, it made me stop a moment and think how such a creation could have evaded…

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  • Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World

    Can't Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World

    ★½

    As with any project approximating this kind of approach to a politico-historical theme, there is a selection of material here that necessarily chooses certain things while leaving other things out. Obviously, there is thus a danger of misrepresentation in how this theme—only ever something partial—is represented as relating to the social totality. This series discusses the failures of revolutionary movements and the destruction of gains made by the labour movements in the West which led to the extension of the…

  • The Love Flower

    The Love Flower

    ★★★½

    Lovely film to watch on one’s wedding day 🥰