Eros and Thanatos
"Shall I rewrite or revise / My October symphony? / Or as an indication / Change the dedication / From revolution to revelation?" -- "My October Symphony," Pet Shop Boys
Eros and Thanatos
NUBES FLOTANTES (WANDERING CLOUDS)
I Say I Say I Say by Erasure
The opening shot of Francois Ozon's YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL announces the fulfillment of the auteur's Hitchcock & Rohmer perspective on sex and mortality; it demolishes STRANGER BY THE LAKE; it bests Lynch, it owes a debt to Davies, and it shakes hands with Solondz; in short: it's Ozon's masterpiece.
Journey to the West
A Whole Lott More
Prediction: There won't be a better American movie this year than Noam Murro/Zack Snyder's visionary operaticism in 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE--the sword-thrust of politics powered by muscle forged in tragedy. It's the most delirious and intense sequel narrative since INFERNAL AFFAIRS III and the deepest sequel enrichment since THE GODFATHER PART II and III.
R.I.P. Alain Resnais
Auteur: Paul W.S. Anderson's volcanic POMPEII imagery--such as the gladiator coliseum heaving to the Earth's groans--expresses a nihilistic culture: like the zombie hordes in RESIDENT EVIL, the Frankenstein mask in DEATH RACE, the flying grim reaper battle ship in THREE MUSKETEERS. Now, his most radical vision of hope defeats death with 3D (sculptural) rendering of love.
It's over. Film culture is rotten. Film criticism is dead. It's laughable that these folks don't recognize Besson/Costner/McG's extraordinary investigation--and clarification!--of THE SEARCHERS masculine myth amidst multi-culti contemporary France--Kevin Costner and the Eiffel Tower! 3 DAYS TO KILL is the first great film of 2014. John Wayne and John Ford would be proud--but nothing will be MORE breathtaking in movies this year than the climax of the final shoot-out.
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