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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★½

    As an athiest, what is it about Martin Scorsese's spiritual films that tend to fascinate me (minus Kundun)? I was expecting for the story to really bore me, but instead I was intrigued throughout. It helps when you have a director with Scorsese's talents. I also find it fascinating in relation to Scorsese the man, or at least of the public image I know him as. He has always been known for his Catholicism at least somewhat shaping his movies;…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful looking movie with an amazing central performance from Natalie Portman. A subject that could turn exploitative, Jackie instead goes arthouse in its approach and gets the audience into the head of the character. Beautiful cinematography, the way Portman's character is often filmed in a kind of color silhouette is haunting and reflective. It reminds me of how Ava DuVernay chose to film David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma with all of the back profile shots. There's something…

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…