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  • Apur Sansar

    Apur Sansar 1959

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jun, 2015

    "Blending elements of lyricism and bitter realism, Apu Sansar finally grasps for the existential. But one thing remains constant through Ray’s mise-en-scéne: he uses the tools learned as a graphic designer to create direct and clear narrative intentions while also forming gorgeous images."

    My Bergman reference was tossed from the final draft, and I'm not sure this entirely works, but I think few would disagree the marriage montage may be the best moment of the entire trilogy. The whole "wander…

  • Aparajito

    Aparajito 1956

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015

    "If Pather’s melodic swaying created a sense of a space in which time felt static, what remains so surprising of Ray’s follow-up is its economical delivery, speeding from the oceanside city of Varanasi to a religious outpost and finally to Kolkata, as Apu abandons his religious roots to become a modern man—though not without cost."

    My least favorite of the trilogy, and reading between the lines of the above line probably suggests why: there's more of a linear connection of…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 4

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2013 21

    "Russell's most exciting moments are three-layered: a familiar narrative or comic convention is exaggerated into a transgressive act, then grounded with a flurry of humanizing psychological detail."
    -Dan Sallitt, 2002.

    American Hustle would easily fit into the same realm as Pain & Gain, The Bling Ring, and Spring Breakers in the excess/over-belief in the American Dream run of films that amounted to a lot of pointless trend pieces this year. Like these films, it is also fueled through the specific vision…