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American Strays (1996)
Very strayed indeed.
Strayed persons in a strayed movie. Six or seven scripts, each ten minutes long, rolled into one pointless movie with no direction or redeeming value whatsoever.
Well, maybe a few laughs here and there. But this has been done better, American Perfekt for example. The title says enough, I guess...
The Saint Inspector (1996)
Short but brilliant
Like a good short film should, The Saint Inspector makes up for in quality what it loses in length. The narrative is deliciously one-dimensional and simple (there's a saint, there's a saint inspector: the latter inspects the first) but the visual flair and style and the overall impact are stunning. Psychedelics on celluloid! If you like: check out the feature-length "The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb" (1993) by the same production company.
The Hurricane (1999)
Denzel saves the day...
.. for an otherwise not very exciting or brilliant film. The weak point really is the screenplay. It deals almost mechanically with the events as they happened. Thankfully director Norman Jewison has some nice tricks to keep the viewer interested and he had the luck of having Denzel Washington for the lead role. IMHO, he should have gotten the Oscar over Kevin Spacey for American Beauty...
The Mona Lisa of cinema.
One of the most beautiful and mysterious films I've ever seen. Especially the scenes in the park, the actual blow-up scenes and the final scene are truly magical. There's something about those trees, the leafs waving gently in the wind, the editing, the sound-effects (can you hear the tennis ball?!). For me it's the Mona Lisa of cinema history: it's impossible to put your finger on it, but there's SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE TREES that captivates, puts me in awe and moves me every time beyond believe.
La montaña sagrada (1973)
Psychedelic with a twist
Probably the strangest movie I've ever seen. The first 30 minutes are extraordinary in their images, use of symbols and archetypes. It's sometimes difficult to know what the hell is going on, and what the hell Jodorowsky is trying to tell us. But hang on! All will be explained near the end of the film. The final twist makes The Sixth Sense ea. seem like beyond predictable.