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  • The Gleaners & I

    The Gleaners & I 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    God bless Agnes Varda. As one of the directors who helped define the French New Wave, it comes as no surprise The Gleaners and I is a light and playful film.

    The gleaners in the documentary are often nameless. Gleaning at the end of the twentieth century is contrasted with paintings of gleaning that date back centuries ago, a work romantacized by imagery (which is not too different from Varda's job as a director). Varda doesn't try to downplay the…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    Travel the World Scavenger Hunt - An action movie without guns

    Can a movie be great if it's butt-numbingly dull? Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Macbeth, I think, is applicable to the question.

    Macbeth has got a lot of great parts. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are sensational together as the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. They have a chemistry that highlights less of a romance but more of a dynamic of power, which is 100% appropriate to the movie.…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 19 May, 2016 2

    WTF has a name, and it rhymes with Wicolas Tinding Fefn. 

    Someday I'm going to be working at the video store, and a desparate customer will approach me. "Can I help you?" I ask him/her. S/he looks at me, twitching and dishevelled. "Just fuck my life up."

    S/he leaves the video store with a copy of Only God Forgives and a package of sugar-free gummy bears.

    There's got to be a better movie that can be made from this footage…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 May, 2016

    After three viewings, I've finally decided that Ratatouille is a masterpiece.

    Ratatouille is critic-proof. Sure, the menacing Anton Ego has a monologue near the film's end about the hypocrisies that come from being a critic, but that's not why Brad Bird's movie is so immune. Ratatouille can't be touched because it does such a good job of appealing to our emotions. I couldn't help but feel uplifted by Remy the rat's joy of cooking.

    The best movies surprise us, and…