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  • The Wayward Cloud

    The Wayward Cloud 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2015

    Wayward Cloud is the first Tsai Ming-liang film I've seen. But if this is considered one of his weaker films, I definitely need to see more of his films.

    Wayward Cloud is an oxymoron. It's a mostly silent film interspersed with crazy musical numbers. It's a film about romance spliced together with porn. It's surreal and abstract but concrete enough to follow without esoteric speculation.

    The film starts with watermelon fetishism, builds toward something tender, and then whacks the audience…

  • Ornette: Made in America

    Ornette: Made in America 1985

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    "I'm not interested in questioning what's going to happen to me when I pass, I'm only interested in what I can experience while I'm alive." -Ornette Coleman

    It's hard to know how to rate a film like this. While I enjoyed the subject matter, I found the directing style off-putting. The fast, repetitive cuts, the faux-flashback childhood bits, the ticker tape explanations of place and names all distracted from the film instead of adding the punch the director Shirley Clarke…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    I've never enjoyed a superhero movie more than this. While a superhero's abilities often separate him/her from the average person, this film makes the superheroes into a type of everyman. They are more easy to relate to than characters such as Superman or even Captain America. I've never read comic books and have never even heard of these characters, but I'm definitely a fan now. The casting, the special effects, the writing, the tone, everything about this film worked extremely well. I would definitely recommend this to friends--even if they are not into science fiction or superheroes.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2008

    One of the things that makes Javier Bardem's performance so unnerving is that he is not just a hit man, he's also a serial killer. While this can't possibly be the first time such a character has been portrayed, it sure does feel original in the context of this film.