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  • Dreams That Money Can Buy

    Dreams That Money Can Buy 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    Swiss-made tale of uplifting dada weirdness, generally entertaining though occasionally too abstract for my liking. Hans Richter's work must've been a significant influence on Guy Maddin. I can now see that Maddin uses several of Richter's ideas as a foundation to which he adds more colour and a variety of effects.

  • Therese

    Therese 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    Thanks to its painterly minimalist aesthetic, Therese is an oddly captivating, almost hypnotic experience despite offering a slowly unfolding narrative of often mundane activities.

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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.