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  • Kings of Pastry 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    With one small exception - that being this 2009 documentary looks like it was filmed in 1999 (was it? I can't for the life of me figure out why this film looks so bad) - this is a terrifically engaging, surprisingly emotional, and altogether entertaining film.

    As with many documentaries, Kings of Pastry shines not necessarily due to any extraordinary filmmaking technique on display - though the filmmakers have done a wonderful job with pacing, editing and narrative - but…

  • Love Is Strange 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014

    Wonderfully affecting, authentic, at once heart-warming and heart-rending, and human, Love Is Strange is a film stripped down to its core elements, allowing a touching, personal story to shine through. Though some beats of the story may be a bit extraneous, all-in-all, there's much to applaud here.

    What must be said first and foremost though is that Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are simply superb here. Molina, in particular, comes across in such a genuine light, that you truly see…

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  • 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 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…