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  • Terms of Endearment

    Terms of Endearment

    ★★★★

    I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It was one of those films I just assumed had not aged well. Probably because I always heard about it in the "list of films that will make you cry." Nothing makes me look at a film with more suspicion than being told it will make me cry. I suppose that betrays my deep-rooted cynicism toward emotional manipulation...

    But yeah, I cried.

  • Mid90s

    Mid90s

    ★★★½

    I feel quite conflicted about this one. I loved the casting, the acting, and the world building. That felt really on point to me. I enjoyed leaning into this world of skating and how gray it all was. The friends Stevie found were really neither good or bad. In one moment they were an oasis from a tough life of neglect and abuse and in another moment they were propelling him towards a life of full-on addiction.

    I felt the…

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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,…