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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s 5th feature film was birthed from out-of-character interests and depressingly in-character suffering. Among the struggles Tarkovsky notes throughout the 1970s in his diaries, as seen in “Time Within Time: The Diaries,” the first men­tion of the project that would eventually evolve into his magnum opus can be found in a diary entry on Christmas Day, 1974: “At the moment, I can see a film version of something by the Strugatsky brothers as being totally harmonious in form: unbroken,…

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    ★★★★★

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    Good Will Hunting: The American Dream.
    Have you ever chased after "The American Dream"? Gus Van Sant's GOOD WILL HUNTING's plot centers around Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a child prodigy and genius that's undermining his abilities by working as a janitor at M.I.T. Eventually, professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) recognizes Will's untapped talent, and Will begins working with him as well as the therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) as part of a parole deal. Eventually, Will's girlfriend, Skylar (Minnie Driver),…

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

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    Although falling into my preference of subdued, intimate stories, LOST IN TRANSLATION did not hold the weight I wish it had.  While first perceiving Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris’ acting as robotic, I quickly reallocated my criticism to Sofia Coppola’s cinematic characteristics.  Where the dialogue between John and Kelly felt regurgitated, Bob’s and Charlotte’s felt hearty.  Where this could be derived as circumstantial, or a mistake, it falls in tune with the same qualms I had over THE VIRGIN SUICIDES…

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

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    The film, to me, is about assumptions and preconceptions around normalcy. The way this is formulated is by audience subversion, especially through oxymorons. This is seen from many levels and intricacies throughout the film, even down to the filmmaking. The Coen brothers paired comedy with graphic narrative pieces to curate a film-spanning oxymoron. Fargo “appears to be a living image of the relationship of law to the society from which it emerges” (Jeanne). As we’ll dive into next, the largest…

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  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★★

    As a boy, his father left him, his sister, his mother, and his grandmother, volunteering for the military in 1931, and subsequently World War II when Tarkovsky was only 7 years old (“Andrei Tarkovsky: A Poet in the Cinema”). Tarkovsky didn’t talk frequently about his relationship with his father, and when he did it wasn’t from a bitter point of view; which he for all intents and purposes rightfully deserved to; more than once literally starving as a result of…

  • Brewster McCloud

    Brewster McCloud

    ★★★★★

    A beautiful, spontaneous, horrifying, ingenious, campy, hilarious, depressing rollercoaster of emotion, self-reflection, and social critique.

    I don't even know where to begin with my amazement.

    The way he effortlessly merges so many genres into a digestible, entertaining, 1 hour and 45-minute movie is insane. It's mechanically first-class. It's thematically brilliant. It's shockingly deep. It's uncomfortably relatable. And it's cinematically one-of-a-kind.

    The cinematography is clever and beautiful. It gives almost amateur traits—occasionally overly-lit, some scenes have inconsistent lighting, etc—but then proves…