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The Void
The Void (2001)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is an excellent film. The kind of b-grade movie that deserves to be given a-grade accolades, or what I call a "b-plus movie". These are the best kind of movies, actually, because the technical aspects not only of writing but also filming and effects all show an enormous amount of love and willpower on behalf of the entire crew and cast. There is a great deal of dedication on display, here, and thunderous applause is more than well-deserved. One of the sweetest, goofiest, finely detailed, well-executed joyrides I've ever sat through, "The Void", Starring @McDowellMalc. Bravo!

The Revenant
The Revenant (2015)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I feel sort of torn about this film. It's definitely a must-see, even for the squeamish - it'll put hair on your chest. But I haven't yet had the urge to watch it a second time and can't imagine what I would get out of watching it again. It just leaves such a strong impression that you're not likely to forget much of it any time soon. And the tale falls kind of flat at the end. Knowing there's that disappointing ending ahead doesn't exactly lend magnetism to the idea of sitting through it again, the entire (very long) thing, especially once all the surprises are gone. I dunno. I mean there's really not much bad to say about a film when the worst you can say about it is really just all the primordial, generic complaints about really great stories in general. I guess that's it. It's a really, really great story. It's superbly shot, choreographed, made up, costumed, everything. It's all just about perfect. But in the end the movie itself doesn't captivate me too well. However, if I held more of an avid interest in vast, snowy, American wildernesses or the time period of the 1820's (or Hugh Glass as a historical figure) perhaps this movie would be like a godsend. I mean it really is a breathtaking film. So I have to take into consideration that maybe it wasn't meant for me. And if I was the sort of person this film was meant for, "hoo doggie". And I honestly have a lot of respect for all of the choices that went into making this film. So, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The missing half star is because it just doesn't strike me as particularly re-watchable.

Jabberwocky (1977)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ah, this is great. It's a bit beyond hilarious. Problem is, the whole movie's one long running gag about how tiresome and awful life was in the middle ages. If you can get along with that, you won't be disappointed by the end, you'll be doubled over and screaming with laughter.

Ladyhawke (1985)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is the most qualified review I could ever possibly write. After having watched 1000s of other films across 30 years since I first watched this movie something like 100 times, I can say: Ladyhawke IS. THE. best film... ever made.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The Passion of Jehanne of Arc" is perhaps the greatest film I've ever watched. It's very close in technique and quality to the finest films ever made (I've seen several of these) but unlike any of those, I have watched or listened to (in the background, the silent film backed by Rickert Einhorne's inspired composition "Vox de Lumine") "The Passion" now some dozen times in the last two days. It is not just a triumph of cinema, it is so good that it is more like a mark of finish, where watching it is like breaking a tape at the end of an endless marathon, being done, and knowing that a struggle of importance is now over and that some spectacle of taste has gone behind.

The emission of faces from the lens seems endless at first, and is striking because it is so uncomfortable to be so close to so many subjects under such conditions, where the situation is both so tense and so pathetic at once. But you get used to being close to these endless faces because it is worthwhile seeing them. I cannot understand what autism or other mental fracture caused this film's contemporary critics to shout down the profound use of close-up shots, but I can comprehend that they probably lacked something in the mind that allows one to deal with the unexpected. Perhaps they should have never been born to become reviewers, because to me such condemnations resemble the person who enjoys the habit of spilling beans because they are better at picking them up than carrying them and as a side they more enjoy counting things than being useful. The over-intracted, puppet-like film critic who is out to suckle the teats of the professors at film school must really revel in a film such as this because it breaks so much convention but without falling from grace. If the film breaks convention and is miserable and not worth watching, it's not worth commenting on and it is not worth breaking your neck over spinning about how awful it was directed. But if the film breaks convention and is powerful and magnetizing such as "The Passion" is, then the ardently trained and quiet-minded film school stalwart has endless fodder to smirch the film with at equal proportion to the energy they have not spent on their own imagination.

It is not enough to call a film like this "ahead of its time" or even more aptly "ahead of the time" (meaning, "ahead of this time".) For a film like this it could even be said, and honestly, that "it should not have been made", and the statement need not even require clarification as to whether life and cinema would be better or worse in the film's absence. Both are directly implied and only a person of sufficient imagination can appreciate that level of criticism, can see the possibilities and understand the rapport. It is with such open-mindedness and such acceptance of both the good and bad in life that a simple observation can influence the lives of many people and yet remain nothing more than its original, simple roots all the while, and that is what this film is exactly.