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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    "Call Me By Your Name" is a film of subtle depth. Flavored by a Rohmer-esque summer, light erotica, and highbrow conversation, it still manages to speak to the most primal parts of humanity.

    I try not to cry during films that I'm watching with others. (Because what if it's just me?) If I can't help it, I work hard to hide it. "Call Me By Your Name" left me swallowing the lump in my throat and casually wiping a tear…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    I walked into this film with a narrowed eye. I had heard criticism that it "romanticized" the plight of the impoverished, or sought to make it appealing.

    After viewing the film, I'd have to say that's a lazy critique.

    Isn't every child able to find joy and solace among other children? Don't people learn how to live in any circumstance? Don't real people- not scripted people- sometimes laugh and sometimes scream and make friends and enemies regardless of their station…

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Once again I've seen why Kurosawa is constantly quoted by film buffs, modern directors, and lecturers as among their favorites. He is indeed a master of his craft.

    This beautiful tale could have been so ordinary...really it SHOULD have been so ordinary. "Life is about living" is no longer a unique thought. You'd find quotes saying as much in dozens of modern popcorn flicks and Pinterest boards alike.

    What Kurosawa has done here, though, is take a film that's premise…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    The excellence of a Tarkovsky film leaves a taste in your mouth that exceeds easy intellectual understanding. "Mirror" is no exception. You could pause the film on any frame and behold a picture worthy of hanging on your wall. Each face, particularly that of Margarita Terekhova, holds the type of beauty you would find in a painting. The camera movements, the set-up, the atmosphere, are the definition of cinematic perfection.

    Tarkovsky is not always easy to track with mentally. Instead,…