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  • The Graduate
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Persona
  • Nosferatu

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

  • Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

  • The Hour of the Furnaces

  • Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★½

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    "Did you know this theater is haunted?" [translated.]

    A meditative, nostalgic film about the passing of an era and a celebration of older cinema, Goodbye, Dragon Inn manages to appeal to an audience even decades after the fact as it looks back even further to our own past. For as relatively quiet and--in a direct contrast to the film's action-packed subject, Dragon Inn--lacking in action, this was a wholly engrossing experience. Honestly, this felt so cathartic... like the perfect way to say goodbye to an era, building, movie, star...

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    "You can't throw 20 spadefuls of earth into that hole?" [translated.]

    An achingly gorgeous film about a man looking for someone to assist him in a proper burial after his intended suicide, Taste Of Cherry is a phenomenally directed movie from the immensely talented Abbas Kiarostami, who seems to immerse himself, his characters, and his audience in the unmatched beauty of his landscapes and story. There are a lot of layers to this picture--asking questions about morality and the purposes of life without spelling them out and refusing to offer simple answers, all while making full use of his minimalist style and perfect cinematography.

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece is a bitter contemplation on themes such as want vs. desire and misery vs. hope, and is told with the director's poetic sense of style and breathtaking imagery.

  • Grand Illusion

    Grand Illusion

    ★★★★★

    Jean Renoir's poetic and delicate tale of humanity and war watches soldiers attempt to break away from their bonds as POWs. The story, however, is more about the spaces between the events--and how the characters maintain their humanity in spite of their impossible surroundings.