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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jun, 2014

    An enchanting story about among other things the persistence of an eroding "civilized" culture. In the tradition of Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel is not short of beautiful color palettes, detailed nostalgic settings/props/costumes, single-point perspective, tracking shots, and understated humor. Furthermore, the characters resemble the familiar complex template of simultaneously detached yet loyal, pretentious yet humble, and acting with honesty/loyalty while being a breath away from operating under thinly veiled pragmatic and self-serving agendas. Of course this is all caringly packaged with the ever-pervading charm of an intricate child-like play and with an adventurous pace that sustains the audience's attention.

  • Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    Similar to the style of Carruth's previous film Primer, Upstream Color is a science fiction film with fairly lofty themes acted minimally via a cast of few actors that unlike most sci-fi films of similar complexity refuses to explain itself through dialogue. Because of the nonverbal nature of these films and the use of metaphoric cinematography and heavy symbolism it is difficult to precisely capture the ideas being conveyed; however, this mystical style seems substantiated by a consistent plot and…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2014

    Simply put this movie is a ride-- from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with seamless transitions set to superb cinematography, acting, and musical scores. I think that the best movies are not just the carriers of the personalities and themes which they depict, but embodiments; and this is one of them.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2014

    An interesting look at the nature and limits of personal relationships, particularly between artificial/computer persons and human beings. Although the theme is understandably not immune from being hokey, it does maintain balance and conveys well the confusion being experienced by the characters and is a rare example of a film that is equal part science fiction and romance. One of the strengths of the film is that it explores several scenarios in appropriate pacing without bogging the setting down by…