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  • The Bird People in China

    The Bird People in China

    ★★★½

    The Bird People in China is really good. I don't have a lot of strong thoughts about the film, but I thought it was quite funny at times and enjoyed the filmmaking. I thought that the voice-over narration was done with great heart-warming effect.

    This is my first film by Miike, don't know anything about him really. According to Wikipedia, The Bird People in China is "considerably more mellow in tone compared to some of the director's more famous works."…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Psycho is a terrific horror film from the Master of Suspense. The follows three protagonists (technically four, with Lila Crane and Loomis) as they follow their paths to Bates Motel, where they all make terrifying realizations about this motel and the man who runs it. With it, Hitchcock creates one of the best films of his illustrious career.

    Psycho is full of suspicious, unhurried scenes that build in dread through cinematography, lighting, and acting. The film is marked by three…

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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★

    Akira was... interesting.

    I'll be honest, this was difficult to rate. It has many great elements, some elements, but there's a lot to process, probably too much for me to rate it accurately.

    The film handles scale, destruction, and movement extremely well. It sets up a cyberpunk world in the vein of Blade Runner and lets its characters demolish it fantastically. It is an intense visual experience. I think that's really the strength of Akira, and anime as a whole.…

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★½

    My First Review of Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    Aguirre: The Wrath of God is a triumph for Werner Herzog. It follows a group of conquistadors as they descend into the depths of the Amazon, which is to say that they descend into the depths of insanity. I want to use this review to talk about two elements of the film which make it work so well: the cinematography and Kinski's performance.

    As Roger Ebert noted, Herzog has a brilliant…