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  • Awaara 1951

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2015 1

    I'm currently taking a graduate seminar on the history of Indian Cinema. While I feel like I have a strong footing on the general trends and history of most international cinemas (even Nollywood!), India (and really Bollywood) have always been somewhat outside my grasp and understanding. It's kind of the last major black hole of my film knowledge. There are course posting and comments and what not, so I'll be sharing some of those here with you guys to play…

  • La Cienaga 2001

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    "If you look closely, you can see that much of what will infect this social-class satire is set up, as well as in the rhythmic pace of Martel’s choice of micro-specific shots....Thus, spatial coherence is broken into individual pieces that rely on objects and gestural intuition to focus character while still building space. Material bodies will play an important role in defining character as much as any dialogue."

    As great as Martel's stylistic and intuition here, I agree with some…

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  • 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…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 3

    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…