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  • The Music Room

    The Music Room

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Concert sequences, though fun and choreographed with care, feel like filler because of time wasted not developing other characters. I’d love to have learned more about Roy’s wife, someone as distressed as the servants but somehow not allowed to be close with the landlord (“see you soon” becoming the false optimism he can share with relatives). Ananta becomes a surrogate father later on, knowing and exclaiming the impossibility of continual music sessions…yet Ray forgets to show any inner life for…

  • Master of the House

    Master of the House

    ★★★

    Keeping the intertitles, but not the sub-plot revealing Viktor’s line of work (and, potentially, how the character views his working environment in relation to Ida’s at home, where he’s the boss), is a mistake. Too much is made obvious by the written slates, a problem from the start pervading through to family reunion. What’s more, the movie’s style of establishing details as landmarks, then assuming viewers will follow household geography and sightlines across cuts, already tells me plenty about the…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    There are too many ways to review a great movie like this. So I'm going to start at the stop and end at this flick's beginning. Does that sound okay?

    To be honest, Seven Samurai's ending speaks more thematically than the rest of the film. Every important plot event happens prior to Kambei, Shichiroji, and the pupil Katsushiro staring at the distant harvest before them—but this solemn finale takes the formal precedents established in earlier parts of the movie and…

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    ★★★★

    Gainax is no longer famous for its early works—the least of which known might be Royal Space Force. Defining points in their timeline, like Evangelion and Gurren-Lagann, are more mainstream and attractive overall within the anime industry the studio has influenced. On occasion, remnants of the past creep in from the early days when intrepid anime fans like Toshio Okada and Hiroyuki Yamaga convinced their colleagues that vision mattered more than experience. A movie like Royal Space Force would rarely…