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  • The Player

    The Player 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jun, 2016

    Robert Altman's monumental achievement has lost none of its freshness, and is sadly perhaps even more relevant today than it was 24 years ago. Considering Altman's method of work—he made up the story as he went along since he didn't like the original script—and the amount of jokes ridiculing the shallow individuals in the movie business, it's remarkable it was allowed to get made. Plot-wise it begins with the theme of stalking from which the film expands into a meta…

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Jun, 2016

    Although bearing striking thematic, visual, atmospherical and even aural resemblance to Altman's mind-blowing Images released in 1972, Symptoms is still undeniably a superb film, not quite as intricate but occasionally extremely eerie and as well composed as Altman's, which I claim despite the fact that I struggled to shake the feeling of experiencing an echo while watching a lot of it. However, depending on which of the two films one decides to watch first, the value of the other might diminish slightly, so viewers need to choose wisely, avoid watching them back to back but eventually certainly see both.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jan, 2013 4

    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 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2010 4

    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.