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  • A Morning Light

    A Morning Light 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    There is a certain aspect to Ian Clark’s work that, upon initial (and subsequent) viewings, tends to shine a little bit brighter than the rest of the contributing factors of his films, radiating outward gracing all the individual supplementary features, benefiting each and every distinction in one way or another. And, that certain aspect happens to be patience, a serene steadfastness that seems to run underneath the other cinematic tributaries, guiding and influencing not only the narrative components of the…

  • James White

    James White 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Nov, 2015

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

    Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon do great work here.

    The initial sequences of Mond's James White are difficult to get through given White's propensity for selfish dickishness and all-around piece-of-shit-being, but Mond does capitalize on this early characterization in order to magnify the behavioral shift towards maturity White takes towards the end.

    I also appreciated leaving the continuance of White's newfound maturity in the air, ending the film with subtle hints towards both paths.

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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…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2014

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