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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Akira Kurosawa makes what could be one of the bleakest, dullest plots into a film that is absolutely captivating and moving experience. An aging bureaucrat finds out that he has cancer. In an attempt to salvage some meaning to his life before he goes out, he makes building a children's playground his mission. It's not one of the most riveting premises. Let us not forget however, that Kurosawa is a genius. The way that he handles this off-putting material is…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    I've been superhero movie'd out, but this one felt refreshing. There is enough new elements, new look and new feel to this to revive my interest in the genre. Chadwick Boseman is great as Black Panther and the world of Wakanda is visually interesting and a nice departure from the generic city backdrops of a lot recent superhero movies. With all the great aspects I can't help but feel like its still hindered by some of the same familiar tropes…

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  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★

    This is one of those times where the acclaimed movie completely missed for me and I don't get why people love this movie so much. Carol, the disturbed and sexually objectified lead is vacant and uninteresting. The entire movie felt clumsy and rambling. Aside from a couple key scenes I was completely bored. I think Polanski had the germ of a really great idea. The sexual exploitation of an innocent and unwilling woman is rife for a horror movie. It just didn't work for me here.

  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★½

    At it’s core I this is an interesting film. It starts by framing the crux of the movie. Anna travels to Rome to meet her boyfriend who she hasn’t seen in months to go on a boat trip with their friends. There appears to be tension in the relationship, and Anna complains she doesn’t get enough attention. This may be true, but she is also bored. Boredom, or more specifically searching for passion, is what I feel this movie is…