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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★

    Running an hour longer than it should be, The Wolf of Wall Street offers a view into a maddening and reckless world, which, maybe 'cause of its decision to observe it from within itself (actually, even more challenging: from the antihero's perspective) and not from afar, sometimes trips over its own madness—which's kinda the point, the problem here is that it assumes you're already invested in such a world (which most people are, I guess—can't explain the box office in…

  • The Scent of Green Papaya

    The Scent of Green Papaya

    ★★★★

    The scent of green papaya—'tis a hard thing to express in film, after all, we cannot go beyond seeing and hearing for that is where film puts its limits, and, accordingly, that is where we, ourselves, put our limits. Thus who would've thought something so vaguely unreachable as a scent; vaguely, for its interpretation couldn't be more transitional; and unreachable, for its ephemeral nature thwarts the desire to grasp it; could, despite that, be minutely and gracefully reflected in an…

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  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    ★★★★

    Amadeus is a difficult film, not for the audience, nor for Mozart; but for Salieri. It's hard because he has to win the audience's sympathy for this is his tale, but the film's not in his favor, and will never be. Because, we, are with Mozart, not him. And whatever he seems to do won't change this fact. Once Salieri acknowledges this, what is he to do? what to do when your tale is against you? what other choice does…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes one asks himself, where did it go wrong? how did it happen? why? Sure, Casablanca is still a Hollywood film, and it shares tropes and conventions of that time, and I'm not trying to deny that - I mean, the ending is completely predictable from halfway through the film; but, it doesn't really matter, does it? the film doesn't try to take pride in its ending, or its unpredictability. The film is just well crafted and well thought out,…