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  • The King and I 1956

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    Aesthetically impressive The King and I has a tasteful look and a solid structure but suffers from theatrical/melodramatic acting which prevents it from fulfilling its potential - the story never quite feels real. Even though realism isn't what the filmmakers were aiming for, the expressions of the characters still need to feel believable within the context they exist, otherwise their words and actions end up meaning nothing. And that becomes a problem here: while Kerr is alright, many of the…

  • Fortress 1986

    ★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • 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 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.