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by Hayes Brenner

Created 03/04/18

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  • It's a film that changed my life, personally and professionally. It's a film that's made me more empathetic, and more introspective. To this day it remains my personal favorite film of all time (alongside pretty much every other standard Kurosawa masterpiece)

    It's a beautiful film that reflects all the toil and disappointment of living life, but it still manages to give a life-affirming perspective on how to change it. And it's never to late to do it: you can always start right now if you want.

  • A genius master of his craft uses three hours to tell the story of one man's rise and downfall, and the process illustrates so much of what makes us human. I could say more...but Kubrick puts it more eloquently than I could even hope to do so, although I will say this film contains one of the most thought-provoking statements I've ever seen, one that I find unsettling and peaceful at the same time, and one that I have to share:
    "...good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now."

  • It's fucking intense.

  • It's really fucking intense.

  • I'm really drawn into works that maintain a manic creative spirit, and this film has it in spades. This film is so dense with awe-inspiring ideas and imagery that it makes my head spin. And on top of it, it's also has a lot of philosophically provoking ideas that explores religion, free will, technology, and the nature of evil.

  • A film that uses the simplest of techniques (meticulous framing, astounding acting, strong writing) to absolutely tear your heart to shreds. To see two people make each other so happy, and to see how a society reacts against that to the point of destroying it...fuck.

    Again, it's a film that made me more empathetic and understanding, and it's something I try to keep in mind in my own works as best as I can. But I don't think I could ever do it better than how Fassbinder does here.

  • Another heartbreaker

  • This film did a number of things for me:
    1. It made me a huge fan of Philip Glass
    2. It conditioned me to be queasy in all scenarios involving traffic, long lines, or manufacturing.
    3. It made time-lapse can be really super extra amazing when done right.
    4. It showed me that there really aren't any limits when it comes to film. Do whatever the fuck you want, as long as you have a vision you want to communicate.

  • Thoroughly destroyed any ideas

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