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  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 17 May, 2015

    This film has been in my watchlist for ages.

    Denis Villeneuve's dramatization of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre in 1989 is a succinct and rather judgement-free cinematic account of the proceedings of that day. Clocking in at 77 minutes, Villeneuve seems to only deal with the facts while presenting those facts without sensationalism, no conjecture compositions to found. The only aspect in which Villeneuve indulges is the camerawork, provided by Pierre Gill in stunning B&W, employing a number of unconventional movements…

  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    A marginal success as far as debuts go, John Maclean's Slow West benefits immensely from some superb Robbie Ryan cinematography, along with turns from Michael Fassbender and a gigantic fur sporting Ben Mendelsohn, who directs his sidekicks to "kill that house". This line delivery stands as my favorite cinematic thing of 2015, not only because Mendelsohn, in a pile of fur, commands people "to kill that house" but the way in which he says it; as if, this isn't the…

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke 1997

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 6

    My mouth was agape, awestruck for the entire duration.

    I know I claimed Spirited Away to be the best animated film ever, but now I just don't know anymore. Are these two tied? Is this the best animated film? Is it still Spirited Away?

    Demon worms, rotting boar carcasses, cursed forearms, a red elk, bobblehead tree spirits, a goofy looking Forest God that turns into a giant, translucent glob of sparkling water, detached limbs and heads, wolves, hangry apes, more…