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  • The 47 Ronin 1941

    ★★★★ Added

    What does the liaison find in the ronin's variety show?

    Why does he escape the room to sob alone in the darkened corridor? Is he solely sad because they are to die in the next forty-eight hours? Or is it something else?

    Can he even begin to comprehend how these sentenced men can celebrate and be jovial in the eve of their demise? Or does their resolve damn him, revealing to himself and others the superficiality of his vows, the…

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    People are being unjust towards this pragmatic, unpretentious retelling of Noah and his arc. That it seems to be combining the look and conventions of a run-of-the-mill blockbuster with the feel and inventiveness of an art house feature is not a weakness but what essentially drives the movie: the balancing act that follows allows for tender moments of sincerely performed drama to be juxtaposed with massive scenes of slaughter and computer generated nonsense. It also sprouts sequences like Noah whispering…

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  • The Dreamers 2003

    ★★★★ Added

    "The street came flying into the room!" Isabelle screams and, just like the window, my love for this movie broke. I guess it's something of a strange triumph that Bertolucci makes the viewers so comfortable with Isa and Theo's world that, when we finally have to leave, something feels off. An ending is often what makes or breaks a picture and this one left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I was prepared to dismiss the entire film…

  • Contempt 1963

    ★★★★½ Added 1

    I don't even know how to begin to write about this film. Everything is very clear yet, as with the best of Godard's movies, it's impossible to have a verbal or written response to a work of art so tied to the medium of cinema. If I was making a video-essay, most of it would be devoted to the extended apartment sequence which seems to be linear but could actually be various moments in time, a deconstruction of an entire…