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  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Chicago
  • Black Swan
  • A Separation

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  • Life Is Beautiful

    ★½

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

  • Married to the Eiffel Tower

    ★★

  • Someone Like You...

    ★½

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Certain films ascend beyond the limitations of their medium. They stay in our minds long after the ending credits roll, emotions that were brought up during them stillaround us like thick fog. We can have a hard time getting out of their clutches - but, do we even want to?

    Elem Klimov's 'Come and See' (рус. Иди и смотри), a film set in Belarus during German occupation in WW2, fits this description beautifully. What sets it apart from other war…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ½

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

    If this movie is near and dear to your heart, skip this review.

    I am serious, I'm not here to piss off 'Possession' fanatics, just to rant.



    Are people conspiring against me for some reason? 4.1 on letterboxd - in what world? Did we watch the same movie?

    So, let's start at the beginning. AMAZING intro. Probably top 10 intros ever. Music gives us suspense, camera gives us dynamic motion suggesting what's to come. And then it seems Zulawski chose…

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  • Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful

    ★½

    In theory, the premise of this film works - and even in actuality, I can see how it works for people. This is a case of a film that I can recognize as okay, but that doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.

    The first half of the film is extremely uncomfortable, boring and just unnecessary. It adds almost nothing to the story, it's annoying and the same message would've been made if the whole film consisted of the second…

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Continuing the pattern that is loving Oldboy and disliking all other Park Chan-wook films, one has to wonder how the same person can manage to make a literal masterpiece by all standards... and have all his other films be at best bad.

    I've never been squeamish, going as far as to say that in a lot of films people claim are just using shock value for the sake of it I see something meaningful and worthwhile in them.

    This film…

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ½

    Alright, so, I feel like I'm being pranked? I've read 4 (!) analyses and I just do not see it. What exactly was this film supposed to make me feel? Sadness, anger, melancholy? I felt boredom and frustration.

    This is a classic case of cry me a river story that uses fake-deep dialogues and representative metaphors to seem smart, while at the same time hammering on the emotional manipulation (which here, at least I thought, obviously doesn't work because the…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    if you look up the word pretentious in a dictionary this movie comes up