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  • The Birth of Saké

    The Birth of Saké 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2016

    If you liked Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you'll love this. There is a beautiful and even touching story at the heart of this documentary and the photography is terrific throughout. It has a lovely spartan quality to it; at times, this film is more like Samsara than a traditional documentary on craft. Worth a watch.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2016

    There appears to be pattern with these new Star Trek films. I walk out of the theater on a high, thanks to their propulsive energy, action, and pace. And then I get home, think the story over in my head, and it all falls apart. It happened with 2009's Star Trek and again with Star Trek Into Darkness (a film that really does not hold up to scrutiny, as I've found with my rewatches). And so, here we are, and…

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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…