Blinded by the Light
His Dark Materials
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Don't watch this unless forced by some sort of torturer (I was, by my teacher). You won't get it. I spent a week learning and reading about it and I still didn't get it. I'm sure it's brilliant and all that hubbub, but it's not entertaining in the slightest. Not that entertainment has to be a requirement...but for me it is.
Less a film more a political treatise, this is quite disappointing and ultimately yawn-some.
If you have planned to see this movie at midnight, you will need litres and litres of coffee, or maybe any harder substance, to watch the whole movie and its political discusses without getting slept...
This film shows a lot of the darkest side of Oshima's film (political speeches), but nothing about the brightest side (alternative sex).
Anyway, in a technical way, the film deserves to be watched, because of its brilliant sequence shots. Well, better than nothing... But remember to take coffee...
Oshima is a completely unique figure in cinema history, but this is far too much into the over-thought ideas-at-the-sake-of-flow cinema. It's a difficult watch, you begin to appreciate the idea of editing as a way of resetting the brain as this film has very few cuts. It's the work of a master, but an indulgent one.