• First Reformed

    First Reformed

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    I just saw First Reformed. I will be honest; my expectations were low for this film. As all of you are aware, I really did not like The Last Temptation of Christ. I think It had a great message that was muddled with blasphemy. I thought the film’s portrayal of Jesus Christ was complete character assassination and an insult to everything God’s Word stands for. Given that Paul Schrader wrote the script for that film, I walked into this movie…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

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    Andrei Tarkovsky is my favorite filmmaker of all time. However, I have never been a fan of Mirror. Before tonight, I have seen the film twice. I did not enjoy it either time. I decided to give it a third chance. Unfortunately, my opinion has stayed the same.

    Everyone who is a fan of Tarkovsky’s work loves it for different reasons. For me personally, the best thing about his filmography is how he explores character drama, the human condition, and…

  • Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

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    If you are an avid reader of my reviews, you would know that Andrei Tarkovsky is my favorite filmmaker of all time. I have spoken about his work a lot over the past year. I have seen Nostalgia four times at this point. I wrote a review for it last year. I’ll be honest, I have been hesitant to write another review for this film. My biggest fear with re-reviews is that I will repeat myself, have nothing new to…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

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    Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the highest rated modern films of all time. It is really beloved in the film community. At the moment that I am writing this review, it is the tenth highest rated film on Letterboxd. It is being held to sacred cow level status.

    I saw this film over a month ago. I thought it was entertaining. My favorite aspect of the film is how it was able to balance an over-the-top style…

  • The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring

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    I have a complicated relationship with The Virgin Spring. I watched it two times last year. It easily became one of my all-time favorite films. It was one of the few films that inspired me to become passionate about my Christian faith. This was because I thought Ingmar Bergman was a Christian filmmaker or he tried to make a film that was pro-Christian. When I learned that Bergman was an agnostic and had a negative experience with faith, it completely…

  • Blaise Pascal

    Blaise Pascal

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    Last night, I watched Blaise Pascal. This was the film from Roberto Rossellini that I was the most excited for. I am passionate about both mathematics and my Christian faith. I also love to meditate and ask philosophical questions on my free time. I was excited to see how Rossellini was going to draw a connection between mathematics/science and faith/spirituality. When I saw this film, I felt like it was made for me. It is one of the greatest biopics…

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    The Flowers of St. Francis

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    The Flowers of St. Francis is the first film that I have seen from Roberto Rossellini. I watched it last night and it immediately became one of my all-time favorites.

    Before talking about this film, we must address Rossellini’s values and beliefs. Rossellini did not practice Christianity, but he showed a lot of interest in pro-Christian values. In this film, he explores faith from a Catholic perspective. Personally, I do not agree with Catholicism. I do not think praying to…

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Minions: The Rise of Gru

    I just saw Minions 2. It is obviously the greatest film ever made. It not only surpassed every single Tarkovsky film, but it also managed to be better than the first film, which was the greatest film of all time before this one came out. I am happy that so many people are finally seeing the light. Both of this films are perfect masterpieces about finding purpose and life meaning. If you disagree with that, then you need to rewatch both of them right this second because you are missing out on real cinema.

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

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    I saw Synecdoche, New York two weeks ago. I thought it was amazing. I want to write a short review for it explaining how it speaks to me because it has been on my mind a lot lately.

    Life is full of suffering. We all face it. We all make mistakes. People will fail us. We will fail other people. We will all deal with disappointments and tragedies. Some of us face a lot of injustices. We all try to…

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

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    This evening, I decided to watch The Last Temptation of Christ. It is a film that I adore and despise at the same time. The film was based off of a controversial novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis. Kazantzakis was an atheist, but he wanted to believe in God and his word. However, the film was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, who are both Christians. Given that this film was directed and written by Christians and the…

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

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    You all know that Andrei Tarkovsky is my favorite filmmaker of all time. revisit and talk about his filmography a lot. My favorite thing about his filmography is that whenever his rewatch his films, I always pick up on new details and find new things to appreciate about his work. His filmography gets progressively better the more time progresses. Recently, I decided to rewatch The Sacrifice. As expected, I have a lot more to say about the film and feel…

  • The Trial of Joan of Arc

    The Trial of Joan of Arc

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    Last month, I decided to explore Robert Bresson’s filmography. He quickly became one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. A couple of nights ago, I watched The Trial of Joan of Arc. It is another spiritually impactful masterpiece from Bresson.

    The historical story of Joan of Arc is well-known. It has been told in tons of films. Why did Bresson create his own film adaptation and what was he trying to communicate with it? Bresson had a very pro-Christian worldview, but…