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  • Man on Fire

    Man on Fire

    ★★★★★

    I am the sheep that got lost, Madre. 


    I watched this film for the first time when I was eight years old. It has grown into a legend of mythic proportions to me. Stylistically frenetic, graceful, intense, a story which builds to and is carried by the redemption of Creasy. The use of Peta’s distorted scream, the close-ups of Creasy attempting to catch the bullet in his hand. The finale: bright blue sky covered in clouds above the bridge, Creasy’s…

  • Wanderer: The Last Tomorrow

    Wanderer: The Last Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    The apocalyptic world is a metaphor for the present day. The sickness that attacks humanity, which destroys each person’s ability to speak, represents the current culture’s hatred of real words and good language. Books are abandoned in the dust. “Good” people, like Wanderer, struggle against it, fighting to speak and communicate intelligently, saving books whenever possible. “Bad” people (the marauders) have no remaining voice, cannot communicate through language or sign, and use violence, and dissonant, animalistic rage to communicate instead.…

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  • Awakenings

    Awakenings

    ★★★★★

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    *FANTABULOUS*

    There is only one thing I fear more than death.


    I am 17 years old. For every day I've lived, I've woken up, and had the ability to open my eyes and see the sun again, as I did yesterday, and as I will tomorrow. The act of opening my eyes, the act of actually SEEING, the acts of getting out of bed and walking to my desk and writing something and making films and just plain living--they're…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

    'Rogue One' is the Star Wars movie I was expecting to get for years, but didn't quite get with 'The Force Awakens': an aesthetically gritty, thematically compelling and visceral throwback that has its visual routes planted just as much in the Star Wars video games as in the original film trilogy. This is a Star Wars for 2016, with excellent CGI, rampant, tragic character deaths and a smooth, somewhat faded color palette that evokes a lived-in, authentic vibe. 'The Force…