don't read anything i wrote before 2020
one of those rare, totalizing works of expression that exist in the space between sensibility and thought. of course it's a masterpiece.
also not for nothing but there are probably less than ten actors in the history of film worth respecting as legitimate artists and lugosi and karloff are damn near the top of that list.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
visionary. a film that is from its opening moments decentralized, opting to expand outward rather than forward, and in doing so immediately (but knowingly) undermines fleischer's dutiful reiteration of the procedural. this is cubist genre filmmaking on the cellular level; it seems right when looked at from afar but the closer one looks the further apart the pieces in this supposedly perfect machine seem to be. familiar links don't link, they gesture to one another and do so entirely out…
Among the crowning achievements of 21st century cinema thus far, the fulfillment of all of Lucas’ promises and artistic sensibilities from as far back as his experimental student films (not to mention his anthropological thinking). Revenge of the Sith is collision of various artistic masters and periods; Greek tragedy as told through the lens of classical painting and the syntax of Griffith, Ford, and Kurosawa. Absolutely nothing else like this exists in the canon of cinema, outside of the aforementioned…