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  • White Bird in a Blizzard 2014

    ★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2014 5

    The synopsis reads that the disappearance of Kat's (Shailene Woodley) mother throws the young girl's life upside-down and/or into chaos. I'm not sure I count lamenting the fact that your boyfriend isn't fucking you and then having sex with Thomas Jane as upside-down and/or chaos.

    What's in god's name is Eva Green doing in this film? What is her portrayal based on? This is some of the worst acting I've seen in years as Green, maniacal and hysteric, channels some…

  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2014 2

    Maps to the Stars isn't terribly original by any stretch, however, it's still somewhat entertaining for the most part as the viewer gets to peer deep into the blackhole abyss of celebrity and fame, where everyone is saturated in self-obsession, self-serving and self-selfing themselves into orgasmic oblivion.

    Julianne Moore gets to play a caricature culmination of all the sobbing, hysterical characters from her past. Oh goodie! fun times. There's even a scene with her shitting...she even oversells shitting.

    Mia Wasikowska…

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  • 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…

  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs 1960

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2014 13

    2014 Film Viewing Resolution #23

    NAKADAI!

    Now I see why lumenal loves this film so much, campaigning passionately for this to be the starting point of my venture into Naruse's filmography.

    Hideko Takamine's indelible performance as Mama is easily one of the top 5 female performances in cinema. Effortlessly conveying a breadth of nuance and depth through subtle body language and facial expressions, Takamine creates of one of the most layered and intricate characters I've seen (with help from Kikushima's…