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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    The less connected Tarantino's work is to specific historical events that require careful handling, the easier it is to enjoy it. The Hateful Eight is its own world, an author's game written and directed by someone with a passion for nasty pulp fiction. While Tarantino still loves movie violence, it's thankfully his ability to create suspense that's most prominent in this story. Although quite trashy, it resembles the work of David Mamet in that it has a similar kind of…

  • Match Point

    Match Point 2005

    ★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    Is Allen attempting to bring the contents of classic romance novels written in the 1800s into a modern setting? And is the idea—the combination of family/relationship troubles, the adultery theme, and the way characters at times express themselves in an outmoded, too formal manner—supposed to make us chuckle; is it all some sort of joke? If so I'll admit it's pretty clever. As a serious drama however, it's a failure due to lack of actor precision/chemistry: in the dull main body of the film Johanson consistently overacts, and towards the end Rhys-Meyers is unconvincing as a psychotic lover.

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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.