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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2016

    There is a moment where a near facsimile of Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon's director, calls the protagonist "a diamond in a sea of glass". It's perfect because although it is far more beautiful, it is still transparent, just like the film itself. The facsimile also speaks counter to the idea that "it's what inside counts" and essentially states what our protagonist, Jesse, understands, "beauty isn't everything, it's the only thing".
    This seems to be the mission statement for…

  • Maggie's Plan

    Maggie's Plan 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2016

    I have a soft spot for intellectuals, Greta Gerwig, and screwball comedy, so it's only natural that I'm more forgiving of Maggie's Plan's weaknesses. As a rom-com it's light, cutesty, and witty, which is ideal, but it's not sure of what it wants to say about controlling personalities and ego. Still, it's a fun and easy watch for a nice sunny afternoon

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  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker's subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.

    There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.