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  • Another Year

    Another Year

    ★★½

    Another venture through the working classes and their mental health by Mike Leigh; a too constrained slice of life.

    The clear depression of the characters Mary and Ken are connected and almost overshadowed by their abusive lifestyles, which can tells us something. Contrasting to this, is the almost zen stability of the more well-off, but still working class, Tom and Gerry's family.

    In order to leave an open ending, the film doesn't surpass this seemingly clash of personalities, but still meets the presentation of change in people's lives through the period of one year.

  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★½

    With both society and climate changing we must adapt to more dangerous risks. Leaving the house in the middle of a ice storm is a good thing not to do. But an hyperbolic toxic circle as portrayed here tells us something bad is probably going to happen to people involved - from hurt feelings to death consequences won't be happy. So to reduce risks western society urgently needs changes in deontological systems (not necessarily teleological ones) if we want stability.

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  • Ditto

    Ditto

    ★★★★½

    It tells the story of a girl from 1979 and a guy from the year 2000 who can communicate through a HAM radio. The mediocre acting and the poor directing made the movie a little boring and made me cringe sometimes, but the plot twists turned it interesting enough for it to be a representant of the Korean cinema. Like every film that deals with temporal communication, it demanded wits (see Back to the Future triology) and also had some…

  • All or Nothing

    All or Nothing

    ★★½

    Mr. Leigh's intention to do something as depressing as it can be in All or Nothing didn't quite work. We all know by now how dreadful poverty is and all the maladies that comes with it, and All or Nothing is a light on nicomachean ethics and how, especially the lower classes, destroy themselves over their excesses or deficiencies.

    Deep sadness was caused by any unmet expectation by every character. This literal need for "all or nothing" exposed some sort…