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  • Thirst

    Thirst 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2015

    It's no secret that Ingmar Bergman explores many of the same themes in his films: women, relationships, sex, emotional and psychological issues (not to mention ballerinas)... Thirst is no different. This is another accomplished, well-done film that is at its core, a story on human dynamics. Par for the course then, right?

    Yes. But what truly separates Ingmar Bergman from many of his contemporaries is not the themes his films explore, or even necessarily his originality (his films were in…

  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game 1939

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Nov, 2015

    Sadly, I missed small parts here and there owing to some late night work emails, but I definitely saw the bulk of this masterful film, and can say unreservedly that I was impressed. Jean Renoir was nothing short of a cinematic genius and early author of the art form.

    The dialogue is rapid fire, the story is convoluted, the characters are despicable, the camera work is impressively complex and immersive, and the cinematography is grounded yet impressive all at once…

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2013 2

    This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…