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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg



    Easy to see how this influenced director Damien Chazelle's La La Land as he has essentially mined the principal storyline of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, that is the lack of a happy ending for our romantic leads. and the way the story is framed by intervals in time; less so, the addition that Geneviève, like La La Land's Mia, works in an unsatisfying job, and Guy, like Gosling's Seb, longs to open up his own business. What is more,…

  • Forbidden Games

    Forbidden Games



    Some early storyline spoilers.

    This one gets right down to brass tacks immediately by having me already wiping away at my pooling eyes in the first five minutes of this French war drama concerning the orphaning of a young Parisian girl in the French countryside; a countryside consistently patrolled and bombed by overhead Nazi warplanes. Not only do we see five-year-old Paulette inadvertently cause the death of her parents and puppy, a passing woman, a refugee herself among a…

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  • Annihilation




    Having read only the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) and coming into Garland's adaptation, an adaptation under the name of the first novel, I would assume it to be a reworking of only the first novel—nope! So, I was in for a surprise when the more outlandish set pieces began in the final act. And what a final act it is; surprised the speaker system in my theater didn't blow out (apparently it…

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent



    Breathtaking animation achievement with the opening credits proclaiming an entourage of over 100 painters (125 across twenty countries to be exact) having supplied their oils and eclectic talent to recreate the swirly genius that was Vincent van Gogh's work in this Rashomon-style mystery concerning the curious circumstances surrounding Van Gogh's death—a depressed artist who took his own life or one who stumbled into a precarious murder? 65,000 individual still frames make up this full-length picture; quite the feat indeed,…