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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2015 1

    Epic drama The Leopard allows several generations of Italians a voice while from a ruling class perspective examining timeless themes like ageing, sociopolitical change, family relations and love. With a somewhat dragging final act, it's a little too long but elegant piece to be sure, emotional with just the right amount of sentimentality channeled by a dubbed Burt Lancaster spearheading a solid supporting ensemble comprising good-lookers Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale et al, a classic in the sense that one can…

  • The Magnificent One

    The Magnificent One 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015 10

    Cutting back and forth between film reality and an over the top action-adventure written in real time within it, Le Magnifique offers jovial yet clever entertainment perfect for audiences who are curious about Godard but want to ease their way into the topic of meta.

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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.