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Drive
Drive (2011)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Where do I even start? The music, the poetry of a single gaze between Gosling and Mulligan, or the enthralling juxtaposition of somber melancholy and adrenaline fueled confrontation. In an instant, I was grabbed by the intoxicating style and restrained intensity of the opening sequence of events. Shortly after, the neon pink titles started to roll in conjunction with this song. Within those first 10 minutes, I felt like Refn had given me that narcotic high I expected to feel but never found in Mann's Miami Vice.

But to say Drive achieves only that much would be selling it far too short. What really drives this film - no pun intended - is the complex and poetic relationship between Gosling and Mulligan. The power contained in those moments they share together is just as much a testament to Refn's directing as it is to the talent of Gosling and Mulligan themselves. Refn understands that the most profound moments to arise from love and longing come from what isn't said. He sets the mood with sound and image, using dialogue only when necessary. A single gaze in conjunction with Refn's masterful style and construction say more than words ever could.

The Master
The Master (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Very rarely do I feel the need to comment on a film immediately after seeing it; as I feel this is the best work to date for everyone involved. Make no mistake, this is a film for cinephiles; vague and hypnotic through and through. It is not concerned with answers, but questions; which is apt because the biggest questions never seem to have a satisfying answer. With that said, The Master is by no means inscrutable.

As with any great film, there's plenty of subtext to chew on. But at it's core, this is really a story about an Artist and his Muse. Phoenix's character is a train wreck, a tortured soul in search of love and guidance. Inebriated, he finds his way on a boat owned by a charismatic, highly intelligent, seemingly together man; Lancaster Dodd, The Master. *cough* L. Ron Hubbard *cough*

In actuality, Mr. Dodd is an equally tortured man, albeit a highly sophisticated one. A man determined to eliminate the existential woes that plague mankind through a self-devised system of mysticism. He receives a jolt of inspiration upon meeting Freddie Quell, who Dodd sees as the ideal subject. And so begins the relationship of the Artist and his Muse.

What surprised me most was the complexity of their relationship. I prematurely assumed that Quell, a man of vastly inferior intelligence and social status, would simply be a lab rat for the megalomaniac pseudo-scientist. Nothing could've been further from the truth. While they do have a Master / Slave relationship; one cannot function without the other. A true kinship is omnipresent and that is what gives this film so much weight; as you'll see by the sublime conclusion.

The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova )
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I can't remember the last time a revisitation has been so rewarding. I saw the KINO edition a few years ago and was less than ecstatic with this supposed masterwork of abstract cinema. What was so different this time around; why the change of heart? Was it the superior transfer? Films of such visual grandeur can only benefit from a cleaner print. But to claim that as the only reason for my newfound appreciation of this seminal film would be selling it short.

In my opinion, the objective of this picture is to explore the inner workings of a soul. It's the reflection of one's life told through the images of the subconscious; from childhood, til death. Making sense of this arcane, deeply personal work can be difficult. But I believe the themes are universal. Identity, longing, the fragility of love and the endless search for spiritual euphoria.

Initially, these thoughts evaded me because of an unwillingness to let my guard down. As with any film so abstract and mysterious, there is no correct interpretation. Each experience is unique to the individual's state of mind. But one thing most people should agree upon is that the imagery is hypnotic, mystical and otherworldly.