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  • 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.

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    As someone who sees himself as incredibly influenced by the subject's later televised and written work yet lacking in knowledge of the full breadth of his career as a writer, I found the criticisms brought up towards his work's influence intriguing on a surface level but lacking in clarity as Steve James chooses to brush them to the side, thus spinning them in a positive light.

    With that being said, I still found this to be a deeply affecting documentary…

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have... a pretty basic story wrapped in a seemingly more ambitious outer shell. Not only are the humans dull, but the apes are similarly plain despite the larger focus. The post apocalyptic America looks great on the surface, but the script doesn't do much in the way of worldbuilding to create a sense of place. It's just not what this film is trying to do.…

  • Solaris 1972

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2014

    My steps to woo Solaris for the evening:
    1.) I dress nicely for the occasion because Solaris is a fine looking film for her age and expects as much out of me as I do out of her.
    2.) I wine and dine Solaris, since she is a high-minded film that deserves to be treated with class and respect.
    3.) I take Solaris on a long walk through the town, during which we can discuss our thoughts on love, human…