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  • The Wind Rises 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2014

    Entirely wonderful in the purest sense of the word. The joy of love, creativity, and dreams are all played out in a raw and spectacular fashion by none other than the king of love, creativity, and dreams: Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises is passionate about not only the grand moments of Jiro Horikoshi's life, but also of the smaller moments. A brief kiss. A short expression of gratitude. A series of numbers being written on the page. All these brief…

  • Night Moves 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    A quiet somber film about environmental terrorists that focuses, not on environmentalism, but on fear, paranoia, and responsibility. Jesse Eisenberg's shifty eyes and Kelly Reichardt's masterful direction create an incredibly tense atmosphere and overwhelming paranoia. Night Moves proves, yet again, that Eisenberg is a force to be reckoned with.

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  • 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 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

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