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  • Tokyo Sonata

    Tokyo Sonata 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2016

    essentially in love with everything this film was doing (particularly the music); a smooth, serene drive until one of the tires blew out (i.e. the knife-wielding home intruder).

  • Noroît (une vengeance)

    Noroît (une vengeance) 1976

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2016

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    stylish pirate gang
    location
    the staging and cinematography from William Lubtchansky
    the costume/production design
    the way in which Rivette incorporates the score into the film
    the score (jazzy stylish pirates!)

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    everything else really, didn't really work for me

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 9

    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 2

    If you're ready for 3 hours of floundering in filth, staggerstumbling through the muck and mire shitscape that is Akanar, swathed in an incomprehensible steamfog, perpetually rolling through the frame, enveloping everyone and everything...Medieval times as alien...future as past...cyclical oppression and barbarinism shot through documentarian-observer style with reportage style camerawork showcasing cultural and academic destitution where the townfolk administer ladlefulls of a lacquerlike substance over an endless array of noosehung bodies transforming the swaying corpses into public ornaments sparkling in…