Sunday, May 31, 2015

Film Log 5.30.2015

The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Director: Peter Strickland
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Gorgeous cinematography. Most of the time I didn't really know what the chronology of the story was, I still don't, but it doesn't matter. The cyclical plot structure just contributed to the film's dreamy atmosphere. The film was fascinating. The fluid back and forth movement that both the lead actresses took as they fluctuated between master and slave was great. Can this film be called a feminist sexploitation flick? When did this film take place? It feels modern, but looks to have taken place during the 1950s or 60s. Loved this film. Peter Strickland is yet another director whose work I wholeheartedly love. 

No Man's Land (2013)

Director: Ning Hao
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Humdrum action western. Nothing particularly special about it. Way too long. How many times do I need to see cars tipping over?

Human Capital (2013)

Director: Paolo Virzi
Number of viewings: 1

Comments: Never heard of Paolo Virzi or this film before I came across a "Best Films of 2014" list online. Pleasantly surprised. From the land of Visconti and Rossellini comes yet another powerful movie about class structure and the way it subtly manipulates who we are. Money doesn't just corrupt in Virzi's picture it pollutes and stains all that touch it.

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