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The Decalogue
The Decalogue (1998)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Ten Commandments in the Old Testament are in order: 1: "I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." 2: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." 3: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." 4: "Honor thy father and thy mother." 5: "Thou shalt not kill." 6: "Thou shalt not commit adultery." 7: "Thou shalt not steal." 8: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." 9: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife." 10: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."

"The Decalogue'' by Krzysztof Kieselowski explores each of those commandments one through ten in each of its films. The films are not religious, and they're not promoting or making a statement against any religion. The films use the commandments as nothing more than a platform on which to tell its incredible stories. They are ten completely different stories---they do not relate to one another in any way other than the fact that a few of the same characters from previous films appear in later films -- but have virtually no impact on them.

I think of "The Decalogue" as one of the more impressive works in the history of film -- because not one of the ten films fails in any way to captivate -- and after viewing any one of the ten, you will be yearning to discuss the meaning, and what Kieslowski was trying to say. I was impressed by how flawlessly Kieslowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz tell these ten very complex stories -- and how they brilliantly connected each of the ten stories to its respective commandment without it being overly noticeable.

There has simply never been anything quite like this in the history of movies, in the history of anything. Everyone should see these films. It's a must for any movie lover. It's a must for any lover of art. It will have you thinking, it will you leave mesmerized by its beauty.

The Birth of a Nation
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you want to call yourself a film buff or possibly one day become a film critic, there are three unavoidable certainties in life: Death, taxes and you must see ''Birth of a Nation'' at least once. I agree with what the great film critic Roger Ebert said in his review of the film; ''It is an unavoidable fact of American movie history and must be dealt with". Anyone who has seen and knows what "Birth of a Nation'' is about hates it. The film's portrayal of African-Americans is appalling on every level, but there is no doubting that this film is a technical masterpiece.

The film centers around historical events like The Civil War, Lincoln's assassination and most controversially, the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. The film presents the Klan as the heroes of the movie looking to take back the South from the now freed blacks who do nothing in the film but terrorize white people.

The most annoying thing about "Birth of a Nation'' is how damned good it is. You hate its message and its disturbing view of black people, but you can't help but sit back and admire it for its technical beauty. There have been few movies ever made that were this impactful on film itself; this important. There are some unforgettable scenes in this film; the likes of which had never been seen before when it was released. There's the horror and the beauty of the battle charge scene (Arguably the greatest technical scene in film history), and of course, the chase scene near the end of the film where the Klan is racing to save a white family from being attacked by a group of savage blacks; the scene is horribly racist, but I couldn't believe how thrilling it was.

"Birth of a Nation'' by D.W. Griffith is amongst the most important films ever made. It's beautiful film from simply a filmmaking perspective, but from a decent human being's perspective, it is disgusting. No matter how you may feel about it, there is no way to avoid it.