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Watching too many films for my own good in an attempt to get a reliable overview of the field. Love to find rare, great gems.

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  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    ★★★★½

    By turns dreamlike and playlike and conventionally filmic, viewers may find Joe Wright's Anna Karenina confusing at times. Once used to the slightly disorientating style though, they'll discover a beautifully transferred literary classic that despite being heavily abridged, still manages to say a lot about love and disgrace as experienced by members of the Russian aristocracy in the 1800s.

  • Radioland Murders

    Radioland Murders

    ★★★½

    Based on a story by George Lucas, Radioland Murders is a whimsical Altman-esque whodunit-comedy. Impeccably edited, it often moves at breakneck speed and got a fantastic, attention-grabbing audiovisual rhythm. Its story though, isn't nearly as memorable and the jokes are only so-so.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Wes Anderson's films are known primarily as Wes Anderson films, which is not very surprising seeing as he has developed his very own style, consisting of symmetrical colorful photography/art direction infused with sweet sounding pop songs, a combination that it takes mere seconds to recognize as distinctly andersonsonian. When looking back it's clear though that it was Anderson and Owen Wilson as a pair that had something really special going in the late 90s and early 00s. It was their…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★

    What begins as a classic fairy tale with rivalry between noble, overly sensitive ballerina and a free-spirited dancing partner, guilt-inducing mother and a character that resembles an evil queen with cruel intentions (Cassel's dirty minded instructor), derails via the more mature themes of personality disorder, sexuality and mutation, slowly and steadily into a beautifully controlled, complex mess. Neither Portman nor Aronofsky has ever been better.