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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    This film is f-ing terrifying. Unexpectedly so. You can't put your finger on exactly what leaves such a horrible taste in your mouth. It doesn't rely on gore, or jump scares, or monsters, or (too many) loud noises. But it is creepy as hell.

    I hate horror that makes me feel this way because I hate feeling afraid. It's not a fun experience for me. So to say I "liked" it would be inconsistent with my personhood. But the way…

  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ★★½

    I once read that the only sin a film can commit is to be boring. I don't know if that's true but if it is, this film is in serious need of redemption.

    Although on the plus side, it did bring to light one of the greatest rivalries of all time- the 80s vs. literally everyone's hair.

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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,…