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  • Tokyo Story 1953

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    His favorite amongst his 54 movies, Ozu's Tokyo Story surveys the Japanese family in the American-influenced post-war reconstruction period. The story -- never his greatest interest -- is a simple one. It concerns the visits paid to their children in Osaka and Tokyo by an elderly couple (Tomi, 68, and Shukishi, 70) from the southern seaside town of Onomichi, a quiet fishing port and traditional center of Buddhist devotion, which was then a day and a night's train journey from…

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    Visual flair aside, Lucy is very uneven. It felt as though the filmmakers gave up on their ambitious conceit halfway through filming and decided to rest on their action-template laurels. All the trademark Besson touches are present (cool music, slow motion gun fights, etc.) but unfortunately this film isn't greater than the sum of its parts. Big ideas that are never fully developed.

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  • The Vanishing 1988

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Edgar Allen Poe once said that, without a traceable motive, anyone can commit murder with impunity. The Vanishing instantly made me think about this quote for quite a while. An excellent, methodical and expertly directed film that confidently refuses to be labeled as a one genre, George Suizer's cautionary tale about obsession and how far we'll go to find truth is an art house triumph. This dark, brilliant film has been much-talked about since its release in 1988, and for…

  • La dolce vita 1960

    ★★★★★ Added

    One of the true landmarks in film history (and one of my all-time favorites), La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound film that is absolutely mesmerizing -- from the now infamous opening scene of a helicopter carrying a statue of Christ flying over Rome's ancient ruins, to the metaphorically loaded prehistoric fish washing ashore at the end. Federico Fellini's masterpiece is not only a caustic critique of modern Rome, but it's pertinent to all modern society as well. The…