• A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    A dual of morality — ethical justice athwart religious piety — with tacit yet palpable ramifications, exacting a personal toll on all the bystanders present. I especially love how over the course of the film, the object of impact/influence changes ; the conflict stays the same, however those affected slowly shifts and unfolds as the tables turn. A Separation strikes the ethos, pathos, and logos chords all powerfully, orchestrated wonderfully by the brilliant filmmaking of Farhadi. A great piece of cinema!!

  • The Robe

    The Robe

    ★★

    More about the love story than it is about their faiths, which ultimately leads to myriad moments of awkward themes and stilted plot dynamics. Incredibly hokey and silly too — one classic point, a personal favorite:

    “Do you want to die??” — “Yes!!” (Said during a normal, everyday conversation in such an enthusiastic tone)

    Yah, I probably shouldn't be that surprised to find PureFlix-type stuff in a film like this; but then again, kinda am, lol.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★

    Amidst the waves of circles running clockwise throughout the film, layers of profundity and monotony perpetuate without end. That is not to say that I was bored or enthralled by the elements on screen, yet the overall product reveals itself to persist of extended sequences of tedium, relaying the same ideas and motifs over and over again until they lack the initial power and gravity they once harnessed. There are some sincerely great moments with Koyaanisqatsi, especially those that primarily…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Identity and isolation really hit hard when you’re all alone and have the world on your shoulders. It's comforting to know that we'll get by with a little help from our friends :)

  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★★

    Pickpocket's rigor and austerity creates a profound echo-chamber, amplifying the psychological decay and wistful longing of Martin LaSalle's Michel. A great character study and societal quandary on ethics, complimented by Bresson's brilliant formalism and one of cinema's most powerful endings.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    Really powerful film that accentuates its strength through its wholesome depiction of family and life, and subverts that and vilifying it through the lens of society, pointing to the ambiguous nature and gray relationship of culture's ethics and personal discipline. Probably doesn't translate that well into words, but it's a really great film that I absolutely loved!!

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Really strong debut with a powerful story, complimented by great lighting, cinematography, editing, and acting. Raw and a bit rough around the edges; but overall, very good film!!

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★

    Nicely written and enjoyable; but obnoxiously quirky, with really annoying editing and terrible cinematography. Decent enough, though.

  • The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    ★★

    So, I got to see this in a French theater, and like wow!! Honestly better than the film itself, haha, it was beautiful!!

    Anywho, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan was a somewhat enjoyable film, that was plagued by uncalled-for shifts in tonality, narrative underdevelopment, and overly melodramatic moments that are melodramatic solely for the sake of being melodramatic. It's a perfectly alright film to watch just for enjoyment; but critically, the film's flaws weigh it down, and that is where it all settles.

  • Une Chambre en Ville

    Une Chambre en Ville

    Shallow, contrived, melodramatic, flat, and entirely devoid of nuance or subtextual motivation — Une Chambre en Ville is flashy and colorful on the outside, yet wholly lacking any character or personality within. It's silly and in-your-face, and goes to show how a technically-inspired film can fall flat on all accounts, content-wise.

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★★

    Green Book's attempt at tackling racism is essentially driving a hammer into anvil until it eventually conforms itself. Not necessarily the most effective way of tacking this subject, yet I'd be entirely remiss if I thought that Green Book was trying to be a “begin-all, end-all” piece on it. Instead, the film acknowledges its existence — not as a socially relevant topic to conquer, but as a interpersonal barrier to break down — and focuses on the character development and…

  • Little Nicholas

    Little Nicholas

    ★★

    Of all the films I've had to see for French class, at least I can say that this was the best film I've seen so far, LOL XD