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Existenz is about what one would expect from a late nineties, low budget, Cronenberg film. The first half hour is poor but overall, the film redeems itself and delivers on modest expectations. We get imagination, both paranoid and grotesque, and an eerie vibe that grows more compelling as the film progresses.
For indie films, I think one has to rate them differently and have different expectations. With Zenith, I think the film has good effort and spirit. But I think in order to get things out of the film, you have to put extra energy into paying attention. (It is reminiscent of Primer in that respect.) If you can tolerate amateur filmmaking, enjoy movies like 12 Monkeys and Trancers, and like trying to figure out hidden meanings and puzzles then perhaps you can make Zenith work for you.
Rented Zardoz for some 70s campiness and trippiness. I was hoping it would be awful and fun. I found it to be surprisingly serious and curious. It is difficult to tell everything the filmmaker was trying to convey with all the mysticism but there certainly was a lot of effort put into this film. I can't exactly say it was a good film but it was interesting, memorable, and worth the view.
Yojimbo may not be up there with Sanjuro and Seven Samurai, but it is still an excellent samurai flick. Yojimbo has a peculiar blend of comedy and savagery but overall is not a very heavy or serious film, despite all the violence. While it can be easy to lose track of the plot, it is just as easy to pick it back up again. If you have difficulty reading subtitles, be warned, on this disc they are poorly done.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a fun Italian comedy and, despite the cover art and description, it is rated PG. On the disc I received, the transfer looked good and subtitles were fine. It is a good-looking film; Mastroianni's amusing charm and the fiery beauty of Loren make for an entertaining view.