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  • Rams

    Rams

    Thoughts On: World Cinema

    Rams is an excellent movie, one imbued with a scenic quietness that has the land around its story and characters speak for all that lies within. It is then the fog, the snow, the mountains and hills, the grass and dull sky that emanate a solemn loneliness. And, indeed, this is what the film appears to be about. That is, along side themes of place and family, which bring the narrative ever closer to the lands…

  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    For what it is, Sister Act 2 is pretty awesome.

    The first movie had a clever premise that was executed brilliantly. However, it felt very much so like a spoof of an crime-drama within a musical. And that is to say that you could feel tropes and structural formulas typical of a Hollywood movie. I won't fault the movie for that, but, Sister Act 2 exists under the shadow of its predecessor quite comfortably, relinquished from having to set up…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    Almost anyone can tell you this, but There Will Be Blood is truly one of the greatest films to have come out of America in the past decade or two. Each and every time I watch this film, I can't help but be reminded of this fact. The first time you see it, the performances reach out of the screen and throttle you. With a re-watch or two, however, the themes start to resonate all the better, the incredible pacing…

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    A fascinating analysis of Tarkovsky's cinema as one body of work. One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich's strength lie in its ability to pick up on specific details of Tarkovsky's cinema (the function of camera angles and the ground, elements, mirrors, paintings, children, etc). These ideas are translated poignantly with an effective use of audio and visual material, and so this film culminates a nice selection of analytical tidbits, never trying to make statements that are too grand…