The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Avant-garde cognoscenti are surely already in line, yet the film is accessible and often hypnotic on an intuitive level.
The atmosphere is mythic and pervasive. The imagery, of night and nature and dancing flames, seems ripped from liner notes. Even the title sounds like something you might see scrawled across a record sleeve in Gothic typeface.
Landscapes and lyric conundrums distinguish the first two-thirds of this find-your-own-meaning artflick, which unfurls like some stranger's life you're half reliving.
For some this will feel like an arthouse endurance test, but it's shot with real beauty.
Rivers and Russell have certainly cast a spell that sticks.
An art film that tries but doesn't quite manage to entrance the viewer.
A Spell finds their styles melding in the most fascinating ways. There has been a more reserved attitude in many of Rivers' films, a desire to hang back with patient curiosity, which is distinct from Russell's more agitated approach.
If you find yourself pulled towards those dark corners, and in the mood for a cerebral encounter of the cinematic kind, 'A Spell' delivers on its grand title's promise.
Robert AA Lowe makes for an enigmatic talisman. But it would require a properly powerful incantation for Spell to translate into magic.
It is arresting in many ways and concerned to elucidate the experience of being on one's own. Is any other state possible?
As a rumination on existence, this never gets as deep or as insightful as it wants to.
It's a film of contrasts - community and solitude, silence and primal noise, darkness and light - beautifully shot, wilfully slow and enjoyably baffling.
One star for the heavy metal, if you leave out the singing. This is a good film to go to if you have to get indoors somewhere dry for a while and take a nap during a film that has really long takes of nothing happening, and I mean really long takes. Except for the band members, all of the characters in this including the lead actor are incredibly boring and superficial. The woman spouting the potted philosophy takes the cake for inanity. But ignore everything and have your sleep; that will be the best part.
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