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  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    ★★★

    I have very low tolerance for a character driven by affectation rather than actual personality traits.  Coy glances over the shoulder, a dress dropping to reveal *gasp* a naked backside, moving as if underwater while being pretty- these tropes do nothing for me in short films or modern music videos and they do nothing for me here. Especially when the vehicle of these modelesque tropes is meant to be a 13 year old girl. 

    I especially dislike the comparison this…

  • The Thinning

    The Thinning

    ½

    "The Thinning" sounds less like a horror concept and more like something I've been trying to attain my whole life, but damn if I don't keep getting foiled by PopTarts.

    Also, YouTube celebrities.

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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,…