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  • Woman in Gold

    Woman in Gold 2015

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Woman in Gold was effective for the most part. Strong work from Mirren, but everyone else is just kind of there. Visuals were more sumptuous than I imagined, and I think this is the only film I can think of where the flashbacks are more compelling than the immediate story. They're more emotional, for sure. Film could have been improved by casting a more dynamic actor in Reynold's role and not being so lite when it comes to the political…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    Clouds of Sils Maria a wonderful feat of construct. Meta in a way that provokes reflection, clever but not smug, the film reveals itself as a quiet study in the ephemeral nature of art, life, and ourselves. In the film, a character says of a play, "It's theater, It's an interpretation of life. It can be truer than life itself" and that quote applies to the film as well. There's a theatricality to it, in how the characters interact with…

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2013

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…