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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Over the last few days traveling coast to coast for Labor Day, I spent a lot of time watching movies. All told, I got through 8 in 5 days. On the way back to San Francisco last night I watched The Immigrant and although it had its problems, there were some really beautiful shots sprinkled throughout the film. One of my favorites is the last minute or so of the film. Bruno has finally agreed to help Ewa get her…

  • M

    M 1931

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    At its simplest, M is about a child murderer terrorizing a German town in the 1930s and the town's frantic attempts to catch him. It's a great story, but my favorite thing about M is seeing filmmaking techniques we still use now in their infancy when filmmakers were still figuring out how to best exploit the medium.

    One of my favorite sequences, is at the beginning of the movie when we see a young girl, Elsie Beckmann, bouncing her ball…

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  • These Birds Walk

    These Birds Walk 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 May, 2014

    This is an incredible movie. I've never seen a documentary in this style and really appreciated how different it felt to have the filmmaker just observe and do absolutely nothing to interact with the subjects. That lens into someone else's world is what I think is so powerful about film and These Birds Walk uses it to its full advantage. I also really liked how rather than just framing the subject like we'd expect, they'd sometimes choose to tightly focus…