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  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    An already solid, if familiar Brooklyn crime drama made even better by a fucking ambiguous onion of a performance by Tom Hardy. Jesus Christ that 2am bar scene.

  • Giovanni's Island 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    I'm a little conflicted about Giovanni's Island. I think the beautiful painterly background art, expressive character acting, and a number of lovely sequences on display- especially those featuring the Galactic Railroad train that the film frequently alludes to -truly elevate the messily structured narrative surrounding them. Even though the main characters themselves don't have much in the way of full character arcs, there are individual scenes and sections, both in the more well-realized first half and the weaker second half,…

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  • Andrei Rublev 1966

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2014

    Felt like a few steps forward and a few steps back as a sophomore effort coming off of Tarkovsky's feature debut, Ivan's Childhood. Andrei Rublev's narrative is ambitious by its episodic, sprawling nature. Yet it indulges in its epic scale and long takes to the detriment of its pacing. Rublev is seemingly more focused on establishing a wider, believable setting, which is a stark contrast compared to Ivan's more enclosed, character driven spaces. However, the focus on metaphorical connections between…

  • The Sacrifice 1986

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    The questioning of faith and loss of innocence were reoccurring motifs in Tarkovsky's filmography, but the use of them were never as distressingly gloomy and urgent as they are in his final film, The Sacrifice. Tarkovsky knew how to go out with a bang and my god did he nail it.