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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 28 Aug, 2015

    It's easy to like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which aesthetically is a continuation of the work Forman did in Czechoslovakia before migrating to the U.S.. With a compassionate heart the director depicts the lives of a group of patients in a mental institution, suggesting by expressing the ideas of Ken Kesey that they should to be treated with a humane warmth that is altogether lacking in the stern and bureaucratic management that runs the asylum. Strong turns from…

  • Gloria

    Gloria 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2015

    Although set in the real world Gloria tells the unrealistic and therefore uplifting story of a middle aged woman, Gloria, who reluctantly must protect a boy from getting caught by the mafia. It's different from other mafia-themed films in that its gangsters are quite forgiving and because it mostly focuses on the woman and the boy who despite unrelated develop a mother and son relationship. Traditional gender roles have been switched around; the woman is the tough problemsolver holding her…

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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.