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  • Stalker
  • The Third Man
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • 8½

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  • Thoroughbreds

    ★★½

  • Dune

    ★★

  • Two Days, One Night

    ★★★½

  • Pi

    ★★★

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  • 8½

    ★★★★★

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    [100]

    When I first saw , I knew I had watched something special, and I also had some idea of what was going on, but it was also a lot for a fourteen-year-old (5 months ago…) who had never seen a Fellini film. On the one hand, 
    the themes of the film regarding the creative process, celebrity pressure, and how men often value women are very obvious. But on the other hand, the film's magnificent style and the blend of…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★½

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    [90]

    Ingmar Bergman’s Persona got me thinking. About what I’m not quite sure, but it did leave me confused and utterly perplexed which I suppose is a good thing. Persona is certainly a unclearly psychologically and it has the crispest, most spotless black and white cinematography I have seen in a long time, thanks to Sven Nykvist. 

    The opening sequences in the hospital are noticeably strange while brining attention to the unfruitful environment. The close-ups feels like The Passion of…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★

    [40]

    It collapses under its enormous intention. Denis Villeneuve builds a world so stupendously large in every frame, and yet he spectacularly fails at creating space for his characters to exist in. There isn't a single character that has more to offer than basic qualities. Without a proper introduction, it feels like we are thrown right into an ongoing story. Despite being messed up with clunky exposition, and dialogue so overly structured it would give Christopher Nolan the boner of…

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    [16]

    Slow, slothful, and without a careful enough approach to the style for it to really be effective. The Kristin Scott Thomas character in particular is completely at odds with the silent and nightmarish quality that exists in most of the scenes without her. She is the only one allowed padding and it makes her feel like an outcast from a different movie. Refn's style is also not all that expressive once you get beyond the first 20 minutes or…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★

    [31]

    War was dumb, and this shows it In a good way. Sweetness and charm may not be the notes you want or expect in a movie about genocide and fascism, and there are times when the mood turns sticky and soft, basically the same as Life is Beautiful.

    Waititi is trying for a tricky blend of tones, and
    Jojo Rabbit is sharpest when it dares to be funny. Some scenes in the film are funny, but many of the…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★

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    [74]

    Schindler's List tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German Catholic factory owner whose heroic efforts rescued over 1100 Jews from certain death in the gas chambers. Although he has a tree on the Avenue of the Righteous, he was not your picture-book hero or your idealistic saint.

    The quality of the itself is outstanding. Spielberg purposely used black and white, with a few key highlights in color, and the clarity of the picture is spectacular. He chooses to…