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  • Andrei Rublev
  • Russian Ark
  • Persona
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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  • Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

  • The Devil Wears Prada

    ★★★½

  • Clueless

    ★★★★

  • Coraline

    ★★★½

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  • An American Tail

    An American Tail

    ★★

    The animation in this film is splendid. I particularly liked the storm scene where the waves are portrayed as a demonic figure. Horner's score is also wonderful. Unfortunately, this film is plagued with awkward pacing, unmemorable songs, and thin characterization.

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★★

    My first Fassbinder. This is a film that still feels vital to me, in America in 2018. A lot of the racial tensions and situations seem to be applicable to comments I've heard from people even today. It manages to avoid cliche by showing oppression not only from society, but also from the two in the relationship. The cinematography is wonderful--Fassbinder's confidence in form is clear. I loved the wide shots and the feeling of emptiness that came from them. Fassbinder uses door frames, screens, and balusters to divide characters, trap them, or even to show moments of intimacy. Excellent stuff.

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  • Gauche the Cellist

    Gauche the Cellist

    ★★★½

    What a lovely film. It’s not Takahata’s best film but it showcases a lot of what makes him a great director. It follows the cellist Gauche who has a unique style and potential but has not been able to harness it yet. His playing is scratchy, out-of-tune and rhythm, and lacking expressiveness. Over the course of the movie, through visits from many animals, Gauche is able to improve as a musician. One thing I really appreciate about this film is…

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★★

    My disheveled initial impression:

    This is my second John Woo film after Face / Off and it is one of the best action films I've ever seen, if not the best I've seen thus far. It has everything I could ask for in one. Firstly, there's how Woo imbues his action with a sense of intensity and grandeur that is rarely replicated. Sparks, gunshots, flames, and explosion all come together in an almost symphonic fashion. Scenes are so well-choreographed that…