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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    Despite having an account on this website and contributing reviews for films, I will always side with the artist before I do the critic, so it gave me somewhat of a perverse pleasure watching Birdman, such as it is a condemnation of art criticism and celebration of artists.

    Beyond that, the film itself is just wonderfully compelling. Of course, it's easy to point to the autobiographical elements, for both actor Michael Keaton and filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu - and those…

  • Three Stars 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Quite a compelling documentary. If you are at all interested in the culinary arts, I would say that this film is a must-see. If you're not, then perhaps this film will change your mind. Three Stars does a great job highlighting the fact that at the top level, chefs are no different than the great artists - they have reputations, philosophies, fan bases, unique perspectives, missions and more.

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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…