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Andrey Rublev (1966)
One of the All Time Greatest Movies
I recently watched the 205 minute cut of Andrei Rublev, on a DVD from the Criterion Collection. At first, I was extremely confused. But soon enough I was able to accept the fact that this would not be a "conventional" movie, so to speak, and sat back and relaxed, ready for one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life.
That being said, once I was finished, I thought, "Meh." The film seemed to me to be overly long and a bit boring in parts. I still liked it, but thought that it was overrated.
But then I couldn't get it out of my head. I kept thinking about the symbolism, the beautiful black and white cinematography, the somber performances, the haunting soundtrack, and the brilliant direction.
I realized that to view this film, one must be prepared to watch three and a half emotionally taxing hours of pure, unadulterated genius. And so, within a few hours, my opinion of this movie changed to mediocre to one of the greatest movies of all time.
God, looking back on what I've written, I realize that I must sound like a pretentious hipster d-bag. I assure you this is not the case, and my reviews, on IMDb or otherwise, don't usually come across like this. I can only say, this is one of the best movies I've ever seen, and one that requires repeat viewings.
Permanent Vacation (1980)
Pretentious and Overrated
People seem to like this movie only because it's a Jim Jarmusch movie. Now, i'm not knocking Jarmusch, I loved Down by Law, but sometimes his films get a tad too pretentious for me. But I can usually overlook that. But this movie! I hated the main actor, I hated the dialogue (seriously, not even most hipsters talk like that!)and I hated the plot. There were some good shots in there, but all in all I found it irritating, and Aloysius reminded me of why I hate hipsters so much. Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to punch him in the face. Whenever he tried to act cook in front of the girl, I wanted to close my laptop screen and just abandon it. I ended up making it through about forty minutes before turning it off. So I don't know, maybe this was a hidden masterpiece. But I sincerely doubt it, and I don't intend on re watching it to find out. I rate it as a three only because of some of the cinematography.