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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru 1952

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Apr, 2015 2

    I'm beginning to notice a technique that Kurosawa likes to employ: staging the actors to look towards the fourth wall. It's a hybrid of breaking the fourth wall, as the actors never directly look at us, but in all different directions as to address all of us while actually talking to a character in the story. This simultaneously develops the narrative but also creates a connection with us, furthering his aptitude to explore the human condition.

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  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 26 Apr, 2015 2

    Oh have my tastes changed since this came out just three years ago. Marvel has certainly does better in their standalone films, this has hardly any narrative prowess to it -- just a fun film, albeit well done fun.

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2014 12

    When you're an asshole, you lose your girlfriend.
    When you lose your girlfriend, you get drunk at Harvard.
    When you get drunk at Harvard, you rant on the Internet.
    When you rant on the Internet, you make FaceMash.com.
    When you make FaceMash.com, you crash the system.
    When the system crashes, twins that row crew ask for your help (you hate crew).
    When you hate crew, you steal their idea.
    When you steal their idea, it becomes big.
    When it becomes…

  • Mud

    Mud 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Aug, 2013 11

    I re-watched Mud tonight to see if it could live up to my previous viewing. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, it does add up but it actually improved. TPBTP had one of the greatest acts of the century but faltered after its first 40 minutes. Jeff Nichols’s Mud, however, doesn’t ever really falter at all – consistently great cinema.

    What my re-watch showed me, was that it gets the little things right to amplify the big picture of…