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  • Monsoon Wedding

    Monsoon Wedding 2001

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2016

    You know the movie was great when you literally applaud at the end - even after watching it by yourself in your living room. There are so many interesting stories intertwining in "Monsoon Wedding," but of course the central story is a marriage. I think one of my favorite characters in the film is the father of the bride - he is a devoted family man who loves his children fiercely and ultimately makes a brave decision to protect those he loves. The movie is full of joy and sorrow, all the stuff of life. Excellent!!

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Brutally honest but still somehow sweet and hopeful, I was fascinated by this film. I particularly loved and rooted for Marianne - Johan takes it way too far when he becomes violent with his soon-to-be-ex-wife as she is trying to complete the divorce papers, and this made me very uncomfortable and angry. But I think the film is more about Marianne, and her growth and self-discovery. It's tough to watch, but very much worth it.

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    The Beaches of Agnès 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2016

    This "documentary"/autobiography was fascinating. I love how Agnes tries to document her memories as she envisions them in her mind - fragmented, existing in the present and past at the same time. There was so much in here to love, but particular images that have burned into my brain are the bird mobile in the rain, Demy appearing in the painting near the end of the film, and Agnes trying to be with and understand her family - her lineage - but ending up present but more a ghost. Lovely, kooky, definitely worth seeing.

  • Hoop Dreams

    Hoop Dreams 1994

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2016

    This was a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, film that really documents how people of color are still viewed as commodities ("meat market") when it comes to sports. You're only as valuable as your talent, and to see how this effects these young men's self-esteem, opportunities and lives is important and difficult. You really love and root for Arthur and William, and you really leave with a terrible taste in your mouth for the basketball system. A must-see.