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  • Papillon

    Papillon 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 May, 2016

    Gold standard prison break adventure both suspenseful and exciting, and at times unsettling too, told in a fluctuating but always masterfully controlled rhythm. A classic which very much deserves to be regarded as such.

  • Mad Dog and Glory

    Mad Dog and Glory 1993

    ★★½ Watched 29 Apr, 2016

    Charmless, humorless and chemistryless... drama-comedy... or whatever this confused misfire of a mess is supposed to be. Tonally it's constantly slightly off, it's like the director is searching for his voice but never finds it. With the exception of Caruso's tough cop—a great turn and easily the most interesting character in the film—performances are often highly unconvincing.

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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.