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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★½ Watched 23 May, 2015

    There are some beautiful ideas at work in Brad Bird's TOMORROWLAND, unfortunately the film around them doesn't quite do them justice. Inspired by the future as envisioned by Walt Disney in his World's Fair presentation of EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), TOMORROWLAND presents an idealistic world marred by human failure and a planet that has become a self fulfilling prophecy of apocalyptic pessimism. Glimmers of Disney's idealism shine through a muddled script that gets bogged down in the middle…

  • Love and Death

    Love and Death 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    Just before delivering his 1977 masterpiece, ANNIE HALL, Woody Allen skewered his own pretensions in LOVE AND DEATH, a slapstick literary comedy set in Russia during the Napoleonic wars. Here, Allen plays a cowardly Russion soldier who ends up in all kinds of madcap misadventures with his cousin (Diane Keaton), before deciding to try to assassinate Napoleon. Less verbose and more slapstick that Allen's usual schtick, LOVE AND DEATH pays homage from everything to BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN to PERSONA to THE…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.