Domenic Tassoni

Domenic Tassoni

Catholic, Dad, Engineer, Movie lover and would-be film buff.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Late to the party on this one but it really impressed me.

    I went ahead and rewatched the original this week and I’m really glad that I did. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner enhances 2049 both as a reference for the plot and as a point of comparison between the two films.

    2049 looks amazing, trading the original’s chiaroscuro for clear engaging cinematography. In its look and tone it feels right in every way—respectful to the original but never held back…

  • Buffaloed

    Buffaloed

    ★★★

    Zoey Deutch is incandescent throughout and surely carries the movie with her brassy, confident performance. The rest of the characters are a mixed bag. Judy Greer and Noah Reid are good in support but most of the rest of the cast is too one-dimensional to be compelling. The movie does a good job establishing the city of Buffalo as a compelling character in itself, lovable like the Bills in its faded Rust Belt glory.

    After bursting out of the gate…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★½

    I read Roadside Picnic a few years back and enjoyed it. After seeing Solaris, I was curious to how Tarkovsky would tackle his adaptation of the story. Suffice it to say the director uses the novel as a jumping off point, but pointedly has his own agenda and themes that he wants to explore.

    I think this film is massively successful in representing the exploration of the "inner space" of human nature through the exploration of the Zone. This is…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    "It's so metaphorical!"

    It's great. It's all great. The acting, the writing, the plot, the look--flawless.

    I can't stop thinking about how gorgeously composed this film is. Select any frame of the movie at random and it is as finely crafted as a Renaissance painting. Balance, balance, balance. Bong is like a maestro or puppeteer, naturally guiding the audience's view through a scene. Beyond the composition, the cuts and camera moves are superb and serve the story brilliantly.

    Speaking of…