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The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
5 years ago via Flixster

bergman is cinema perfection. this one is not my absolute favorite, but it haunts the subconcious of any true cinema-lover.

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
6 years ago via Flixster

Among the most moving an humanly vital pictures I've seen. The techniques echoing Bauby's syndrome are phenomenal (especially the lense losing focus only in small sectors of the frame) and the lack of pity are refreshing for this kind of drama. When critiquing a film, one only needs to imagine all of the awful artistic choices which could have been made (think Robin Williams here). A potentially maudlin tale becomes transcendent and even funny in the deft hands of intellectual storytellers. Bravo!!

Cassandra's Dream
6 years ago via Flixster

Perhaps I forgive Woody Allen too much, but his films ultimately are of a whole life project which I greatly admire. His late period delving into the the thriller genre has been a rejuvenating moment in his illustrious career. The 90's spate of broad comedies was becoming too easy and he has found a way to explore his pliosophical tangents in a new atmosphere. Another variation on "Crime and Misdemeanors", "Cassandra's Dream" is a slight, less operatic story than "Match Point", but Allen again exhibits a flair for the jaring messiness of crime and its aftermath. Either it's for you or it isn't, like most Allen movies. Keep 'em coming Woody!

Cloverfield (2008)
6 years ago via Flixster

A major problem with horror movies is that they inevitably compromise the tension and pace of the situation by stopping for the odd plan-of-attack scene, love scene, or inappropriate comic relief. Few films can sustain a level of terror realistic to a terrifying event. "Cloverfield" lays waste to most of its city-under-attack brethren by remaining unrelentingly frightening and pulsing with energy after the first fifteen minute introductory scenes.
The digital photagraphy and on-the-fly camerawork created a tremendous sense of place and moment and imbued this new genre classic with a singular aura.

Walker (1987)
6 years ago via Flixster

Mad amalgam of earnest political commentary, Spaghetti western tropes, "Apocalypse Now" surrealism, and soundbite history, Alex Cox's film is a beacon in the 1980's cinema wasteland. I never though much of Cox's talent. His "Sid & Nancy" is well-done but there is much room for improvement and his subsequent films lack cohesive execution. The man talks about film better than he makes it...except in this case. "Walker" is a serious polemic on American imperialism disguised as a Herzog-like madhouse of megalomania (Ed Harris astounding in the title role of a sketch of the historical figure) and an air of farce & peril cohabitating nicely.