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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2014

    The visuals were stunning (as expected) but the score and sound design were truly great. I really appreciate Glazer's minimalist approach. He also tells the story without having to rely on endless exposition (which is an unfortunate trend in films today).

    As impressive as the film is, I can't help feeling like there was something missing here. We gradually become sympathetic towards Johansson but she's such an empty vessel that it's hard to care too much about what happens to…

  • The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice 1952

    ★★★★ Watched 07 May, 2014

    I would imagine that most reviews or thoughts about this film are wrought with apologies. "Blackface wasn't as controversial at the time", "it's quite coherent for being shot in multiple places erratically over several years" etc. Ultimately, this is a Shakespeare adaptation so the most pressing question is: does it do the profound tragedy of the play justice? I think it certainly does. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of all this is how meaningless Iago's motivations are. He's destroyed all…

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  • The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2013 6

    I was fortunate enough to see The Elephant Man on the big screen with a 35mm print and it was even better this time around. Being in a theater heightens the emotions of the film that much more and the gorgeous black and white photography is so striking. In fact, I forgot just how hard some of the scenes in this film can hit you. I struggled to hold back tears multiple times.

    I also forgot about the distinctive Lynchian…

  • Kuroneko 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2012 1

    I liked this more than The Naked Island but not nearly as much as Onibaba. That said, Shindo continues to impress me as a director. Kuroneko has some of the best uses of lighting that I have seen in film- whether it's a subtle rendering of a character emerging from darkness or an overt, theatrical spotlight. (The latter makes sense within the context of the film because this is a variation on kabuki.)

    The actors are all fantastic and I…