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It has taken a while for me to stock up all the films, series, books and artwork that I love as I really am a fan of alot of things, hope you enjoy! WARNING:THERE IS MATURE CONTENT AHEAD

Seventh Seal- Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman is by far my favorite director so you will probably see more reviews of his films considering he has a massive amount of work. Seventh Seal was the first Bergman film I had ever seen and I was absolutely blown away by the storytelling and visual metaphors for death and the possible evasion of it. The story is about a soldier who has successfully avoided dying during his battles, when he stops by the beach he finds death waiting there for him,ready to take him to his final destination. A pale white face covered in a black cloak, seemingly void of emotions, including evil or negativity. The solider asks Death is he can play a game of chess for his life as Death is known to be good at chess in folklore. Death agrees and plays the game of chess in which he wins a chance to avoid death. The film is symmetrical to the idea that death no matter how it reaches us, is rigid and inevitable for each and every man. Despite winning battles even with death, there is no way to be free of that conclusion, there will always be a pale emotionless ending for you and everyone else, prepared to take you in haste or persist until you no longer can.

Persona-Ingmar Bergman

Persona is my second favorite Ingmar Bergman film and probably his best cinematography wise. The composition in this work is incredible and I consider the film to have framed the faces of the actresses better than any other film I have seen. Persona is about two women caught up in what we can call Identity Crisis. To Elizabeth, one of the main women in the story, everything she does feels false or fake, she regrets even speaking any words which to her psychologist becomes even further of a performance. Persona is a work that silently asks us what exactly we deem as real, gently asking if a persona can be regarded as a part of our identity our a false accessory to further distract us from our daily lives and struggles. Elizabeth and Alma are stuckk in somesort of web designed from repressed sexual desire, reproduction, and blending identities. The characters are both afraid, unhappy and slowly losing their intial "persona". They are both lost in this web of discovering what they feel is real to them and what matters as the two blend together and fail to adapt to eachother.

Night Crawler-Dan Gilroy

Night Crawler is a film that digs into our impulses as viewers and creates a sort of sync between you and the main character, a reporter who is obsessed with finding the best lead. The morality of this character is from the beginning showed as questionable as he will quite literally do anything to cover a story. As we continue into the film we start to feel darker realities creep in the main character and we have a choice to feel sympathetic or rather root for this character, or openly deny his obsession. From a personal place, as we watch this film we are joined into the mission of covering a story no matter how we get it, we become a some sort of accomplice and we are once again brought into a shameful world. Night Crawler exposes an addiction in a unique way by highlighting it so much that we almost forget that the character is addicted to these events, somewhat like the manin character in the manga 'The Climber' (I reviewed this in the Ani-Manga section). For the meat of the story we have the feeling of wanting him to stop the crimes he is comitting for this coverage while also feeling as if we want more. This was a purposeful technique in my opinion to blur the lines of morality and create a sense of duality between the man creating the crimes and you, the voyeur watching him make them.

The Shining- Stanley Kubrick

The Shining is a film everyone should see at least once. The Shining was adapted from the original book by Stephen King and was later denied by King as a good adaptation as he regarded it as being untrue to the story. I cannot say I agree with this as The Shining is one of the most groundbreaking and incredible films I have ever seen in my life. The story is about a man who is trusted to look over a hotel for a bit in the winter with his family, the 'Overlook' hotel. From the beginning there are litters of eerie feelings arising from the first scene onward. The story starts to turn deeper and deeper into a mans psychosis, and abuse of his family in the hotel. We see countless visual representations of dualism between the strange voice that Jack's son Danny has in his mouth. Truly I can't say The Shining is about anything particular, as there is way too much ti discuss about this film. From the horror of the past in the Overlook hotel to the abuse and sexual identity of Jack Torrence, all of the topics blend together to create a cold subconscious maze built from Jack's mind.

Suspirira- Dario Argento

Suspirira is a psychological film that you could also classify as a slasher film as there is endless gore in the original film. Suspiria revolves around a group of women in a dance studio, all working for the dream of dancing and becoming the best of the best. The story starts off as uncomfortable and unfamiliar as the characters all feel out of place and tense throughout most of the scenes in the film. We slowly start to understand the reality of Suspiria with the struggle with success and the hierarchy within the group of girls. We learn that these girls are witches whom also use a unique form of witchcraft to perform their dances which in turn changes their rank and standing in the veiw of the other girls. The moral compass is completely neglected after this becomes the girls reality, fighting for the standing as the most feared and the most dominant, the one whom will do whatever it takes to become the leader and only important one of the women.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is one of my favorite Psychological dramas of all the films i've seen. Jake Gyllenhall is an incredible actor and plays the part very well and this film was also what introduced me to Tears for Fears so there's that. Donnie Darko is about a boy in highschool with some sort of mental illness that we are unsure of in the film, we know that he sees a therapist and takes medication but the diagnostic is never really discussed in the film. Donnie is a "strange" young man who doesn't get along with everyone due to the way he sees the world and how cynical he appears to be. Donnie sees an odd body of energy spurring out of his body one day, appearing to be the layout of where he is about to go, as well as where everyone else is about to go. The odd blob of energy leads him outdoors to meet a man in a bunny suit, a very creepy one at that. The man in the suit tells him the world is going to end, very very soon, he gives him a number amount and answers none of Donnie's questions. The man in the suit appears many times, trying to convince donny to do certain things or rather provoking him to do certain things that he must do to avoi the eventual destruction of the world originating from a rip in space and time. The film has been analyzed countless times and can be pretty confusing from first time viewing. Regardless, Donnie Darko is one of the most classic Psychological sci-fi/drama films and must be seen despite how mind fucked you will feel afterward.

French Dispatch- Wes Anderson

For quite a while now people have said Wes Anderson has reached his peak when it comes to composition and symmetry in his films and even I agreed with this for a moment there before this film came out. The French Dispatch is a film that I can gladly label as my all time favorite, even over the Grand Budapest Hotel which holy f*ck that says alot. The film is about the people who write the articles in a newspaper, titled the french dispatch. Each person covers a different section of the newspaper and we are led into a line of stories based on this. We span across the traumatized life of a jailed artist, the pure love of his muse, a strange love triangle between a young man who wishes to become a writer, his teacher, and one of his peers whom opposes most of his opinions. We become more and more attached to the life of these writers as we find out that this story will in fact be the last we will recieve from this nonexistent paper. Once we've reached the end we understand how important writing is to each and every character in the story and how incredibly smart it was to use a newspaper as the base for storytelling. The character dynamics all feel regularly Anderson-like which is in fact pretty abnormal. The relationships all feel almost too sensical to exist in our reality, which makes them so much more beautiful as Wes Anderson has a way of displaying characters in immortally rose colored lenses. I gurantee you will hold a fondness and sense of odd contentness by the end of this film. 50 points toward immortality guranteed.

Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness

Two words. Corny masterpiece. This film is thrilling, visually captvating, extremely enjoyable on one hand while on the other it's undeniably cringe in reference to the script, character design concepts and overall plot. There were so many moments in this film where I could not contain my laughter and confusion with how many cliche dynamics there were. I mean the main characters name was literally America and despite her being from another universe (a far away utopia) with a completely different aesthetic and general identity, she took on a patriotic nature that was just....too much for this film. It felt really forced with her character specifically and she had hardly no depth at all but regardless I enjoyed the film more than the original Doctor Strange. This is my first experience deeming a film as both insanely cliche and tired in its efforts while still saying it's incredible and not regretting my experience at all. This film took the root of genre bending on many parts as well taking changes from action to occult horror and ritualistic horror which was nothing short of a delight, especially in the case of the Scarlet Witch. I do believe I will have to see this film again to have my final opinion but regardless I will say it was nothing short of a brilliant experience.

Jibaro-Alberto Mielgo

Another Mielgo Masterpiece. When I saw the trailer for 'Jibaro' I was blown away by the shaders and matte painting I seen within a 10 second time frame. Alberto Mielgo has become my favorite Director for animated shorts as of recent and with the arrival of 'Jibaro' I have to say my opinion has not changed a bit. The mythological foundation is evident in 'Jibaro' in which the creature of this heart shaped lake is partly made of gold and gems as well as other dangling shiny things. The creature has a somewhat human look if we disregard the teeth and metal-like facial structure. The creature lulls men from war to their death with a screeching noise while performing a seductive dance within the lake. The movement of the creature is also one of my favorite things about this short film as it can be really hard to get a 3D model to move naturally like that without it looking over exaggerated or strange in some way. She moved perfectly and the gemstones and golden shaders on her skin were also perfect. There is one man that is spared from the lulling death and the creature seems to have become infatuated a bit with him. The realtionship is clearly one sided as the man is only in it for the gold and gemstones embedded on her skin. Eventually we reach the climax and the creature begins to kiss hte man slowly and sensually, creating cuts on his lips in the process and making him bleed out. He makes it appear as if he is going to kiss her back but we know better as he rips off the gemstones piece by piece and opening up her skin bit by bit until she is laying in a pool of blood. The fluid is done very well by Mielgo and his team and the coloring of the fluid was a rich and deep red color that I was quite happy with. The blood rushes into the entire lake and creates a moment somewhat like the gushing of blood in the halls of 'The Shining', another moment that was pretty unique and visually striking for me. I won't tell how it ends as it's only 17 mins and I highly reccommend you watch it. I have not finished LDR S3 yet but I'm almost completely sure that Jibaro will be my favorite of the season the same way 'The Witness' was my favorite of S1. Side note: I made that mini Jibaro poster and if you want to use it for whatever reason, go ahead

A Hole In The Head-Eli Kabillio

This documentary is a piece of lost media that I really connected with considering my initial interest in the manga 'Homunculus' of the same premise. This documentary surrounds the idea of Trepanation or, drilling a small hole in your skull. This film is not censored so I would not suggest watching it if you have a weak stomach. Regardless, it's an incredible documenation on the history of trepanation throughout different cultures and time periods. In this piece there is a british artist Amanda Feilding, whom drills a hole in her skull by herself, at her home. It was radical to say the absolute least. She filmed the entire thing and she was also a drug reform advocate. Some if not most of the people in this documentary hold the perception that their pain and sorrow at least on some level has been relieved after this experiment. Regardless of if for reasons of pain or psychosis, it seems to have been researched on this level that it can cure it in some cases. This has not been proven for sure as this is only the testimony of the people who have gone through the procedure and could have ended up being a huge placebo effect. Nevertheless I found the documentary intense and incredibly interesting, I highly reccommend if this isn't too creepy for you.

Brazil-

Well holy shit. I loved this film more than any other I have seen for maybe the last 5 years. It boosted to the top of my list easily after finishing it. Brazil is a truly engaging, eccentric and unqiue sci-fi film that stands out among all other science fiction films. Brazil has some wonderfully witty commentary and humor that lacks the typical gimick you would see in modern comedy films and does an incredible job with the set design as well. During the entire film I was interested and it felt like the most enjoyable ride into the hell of a future government. I can easily say Brazil is one of my favorite films I have seen and this is the best recommendation I have been given, so I am thankful to my husband for exposing this gem. Go fucking watch it.