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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★½

    This felt much longer than 2 hours. The only feeling I had during this film was boredom.

    I never felt Jim's loneliness. I never felt his love. I never felt Aurora's sadness or anger. I never felt fear for them. I didn't feel anything.

    Such boring direction. Such boring music. We are told what feelings we should have. But the film never creates that experience. It refuses to try to dig into the audience.

    It also refuses to try to…

  • The Isle

    The Isle

    ★★★★½

    Eerie creaks of waves
    Stumbling against the wind
    Lapping against an anchored raft

    The weight of afternoon
    At times catches the wooden craft
    In a welcoming light

    But when the drowsy day burns up
    And candles burn
    Beneath a waxing moon

    The float lies prostrate among
    A lake full of stars
    And the dreary black of space

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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo del Toro's representative work, Pan's Labyrinth, is the fantasy tale he always wanted to make. Two of his previous films, Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, were fantasy films. They both featured a child within the prominent role. They both subverted typical monster movie tropes by making the "monsters" sympathetic figures. But the completion of everything del Toro had longed to achieve was found in one, very special, labyrinthine world of fantastical monstrosities.

    Pan's Labyrinth world was as such:

    Set…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Whiplash, as a movie, is quite good. Fantastic even. But as it relates to, specifically, being/becoming good at an instrument, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, which kind of sucks because it killed a lot of the potential for payoff at the end.

    Here's a little back story:

    Before cinema, before philosophy, before writing, or even before my first truly romantic relationship... I fell in love with music. I first discovered music's potential as a senior in high…