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  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim

    ★★★★★

    Francois Truffaut came into my world in the most brilliant way with not a hint of warning. I had started the second year of my undergrad a week late and barely had enough time to pick up a syllabus before I found myself in a screening room for Jules and Jim. The film left absolutely no impression on me after my initial viewing, or so I thought. As the months passed, however, I found myself reminiscing upon the story that…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    ****Warning, this is less a review of Mulholland Dr. and more a thank you letter to David Lynch for changing my life*****

    No piece of art has ever had as profound an impact on my life than Mulholland Dr. I say, in a very literal way, that Mulholland Dr. changed my life.I had never looked at cinema as an art form before, I actually had hardly looked at cinema before. I grew up in a single parent home with a…

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  • Gerry

    Gerry

    ★½

    This feels like a senior thesis filled with exposition shots of mountains and clouds and piano music meant to manipulate the emotions the film never cared to inject through, I don’t know, a decent screenplay or a compelling relationship among its characters. I love films with slim casts and one setting but this is a true slog to get through and the lack of attempt, or perhaps revelation of self indulgence, makes it all the harder to watch.

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★★

    One thing I appreciate most about Ken Loach is his ability to convey the absolute suffering inherent to human existence through the most subtle moments and then to inject such a light humor that we can only gain from living in concert with one another that makes us able to endure those moments of suffering. When Abbie is looking at old pictures of her and her husband with one of the clients she cares for, it is remarked that she…

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  • Manhattan

    Manhattan

    ★★★★★

    Does anyone open a film better than Woody Allen? Whether it be a brilliant opening scene giving the viewer an idea of what is to follow or a fantastic opening monolog, Woody Allen has the ability to bring me into his films in their opening seconds like no other filmmaker can. Manhattan opens with that signature perfect voice-over narration that I am starting to associate with Woody Allen. Manhattan was my 6th outing with the auteur and one that I…

  • Trespassing Bergman

    Trespassing Bergman

    ★★★

    I'm not sure I'll ever see something as devastating as watching Michael Haneke react to Ingmar Bergman rating Haneke's THE PIANO TEACHER "four stars, not five" by saying "pity" and wanting to leave the room.

    That bit broke my heart.