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  • Dead Man's Letters

    Dead Man's Letters

    ★★★★½

    Dead Man's Letters is Russia's answer to the apocalyptic films of the 1980's. In a world where Mick Jackson's Threads and Shohei Imamura's Black Rain was scaring many away from the thought of nuclear annihilation, Dead Man's Letters is perhaps the least depressing of its brethren. But even then, that's not saying much - it's a Russian science-fiction film, of course it's bloody depressing! Director, Konstantin Lopushansky, who co-wrote this film along with one of the Strugatsky brothers, set the…

  • The Music Room

    The Music Room

    ★★★★½

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #124 - Valerian's Geordie Space Market

    There's a hidden tension found within Satyajit Ray's The Music Room, a tension that is so deliberately underplayed and subtle that it will require close attention in order to spot all of the ticks. It's because of this that Ray's work is so endlessly absorbing for me. It maybe slow but one) It's a reasonable runtime (1-hour 40-minutes), and two) Bengali culture is incredibly lush and fascinating. The Music Room

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica #98 - Skeletor's Leaning Tower of Rocks

    La La Land is the cinematic equivalent of this part from a YMS video. Harsh much? Well, I don't think it's harsh enough. What I mean is that the first act is insanely fun, breezy and beautiful. But by the 40-minute mark, the film collapses thanks to its tired nostalgic leanings and its own shallow content and characters. Whiplash is a film that I adore and Chazelle is someone…

  • Phantom

    Phantom

    ★★★½

    Week #3 of Film School Drop Outs Challenge 2017 - German Expressionism (1920 - 1927)

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    F. W. Murnau was one of the most influential directors working in the realms of silent cinema. His adaptation of Dracula, simply entitled Nosferatu is one of the most beloved horror films of 1920's, Faust is an epic folklore tale that holds up upon multiple viewings, even when he moved over to Hollywood to make Sunrise, he was still cranking…