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  • Talk to Her 2002

    ★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Hable con ella it’s a strange film. It’s hard to tell if it doesn’t know what it wants to be or if it’s just tricking you. The confusion might arise due to the fact that there’s a constant change of roles (both sexual and thematic). The film starts with a man crying in a theatre because the play is so moving, crying is usually seeing as an effeminate thing, and thus the film immediately starts with a reversal of the…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    Don’t be fooled by Birdman’s attempt at Charlie Kaufman-style meta-humor, Iñarritu’s new work is just this year’s obnoxious “Actor Film”. And with “Actor Film” I’m not talking about Cassavetes’ improvisation-driven films (even if people keep bringing Opening Night up) but rather about something like Russell’s American Hustle. Behind Birdman’s shallow ambiguity and predictable “artistic struggle” story there’s every year’s self-indulgent Hollywood movie about actors acting and talking on top of each other. In fact, Birdman goes even one step further,…

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  • Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2013 3

    Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2013

    Wow, what a film, watched it last night, but I needed to digest it a little more to make a review. The Master is probably the most ambiguous film I have seen in a while, and it has obviously led to a lot of confusion. And no, I can't say that I have fully understand it, but here are my thougts:

    I can't help myself but to see some similarities between aspects of the film and Freud's theories. In the…