Quick-Thoughts: Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1978)

Killer of Sheep strongly recreates the awkward and seemingly never-ending tension between everyday social run-ins, managing to fondly neutralize the many emotions that they’re capable of activating in us within the convincing bubble of its dominantly gloomy yet comical neorealism. Charles Burnett’s soundtrack inserts are also just outright ideal, vividly summating both the rough and lovely sides of the Los Angeles urban family lifestyle during the 70s as we subjectively pursue the quiet voice behind the scenes he constantly yearns to linger onto. Innocence just authentically blisters the screen because of this freedom to wonder, even in sight of the firmly defined hardships of reality that he makes clear, similar though to the way in which we instinctively force our own selves to interpret the outside pieces of those mundane daily encounters so long as we’re stuck in their moment.

Verdict: A-

“Killer of Sheep” is now available to stream on Kanopy.

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