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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2015

    The Exorcist-style metaphor for a mental struggle (depression, paranoia, letting go of the past) that beyond the 45 minute mark begins to offer some admittedly pretty creepy scenes but overall feels uneven, like an undistinguished tv-movie, with some at times even slightly amateurish acting/directing preventing it from maximizing the effect of its horrors.

  • Olive Kitteridge

    Olive Kitteridge 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    Addictive character study revolving around the titular Olive Kitteridge and her family. It's rare to see a character as complex as Olive. On the surface seemingly the polar opposite of her husband, she's an unfriendly, socially inept, defensive and emotionally unstable pessimist of a woman who refuses to acknowledge any of her flaws while never hesitating for a second to harshly judge others, yet, despite all that, we gradually learn, she's clearly a good and sensitive person too. Frances McDormand's…

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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.