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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    Sometimes you like a movie so much it makes you angry that it's not better.

    I'm so mad this film isn't perfect.

    I'm glad I got to watch it... but.. if only..

    P.S. I kind of hate the poster art for this. Makes it look like a generic indie romance. Made me avoid the movie for a lot longer than I should have.

  • Amen

    Amen

    ★★★★

    An experimental film of sorts from writer, director, producer, cinematographer, actor (you get the idea..) Kim Ki-duk, we follow the lead nameless (I think) protagonist wander through Europe in search of a man named Myung-Soo. When she arrives in Paris, she is advised that he went to Venice. When she arrives in Venice, she is advised that he's now gone on to Avignon. The trail seems cold and this woman seems distraught as we slowly discover clues that point to…

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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo del Toro's representative work, Pan's Labyrinth, is the fantasy tale he always wanted to make. Two of his previous films, Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, were fantasy films. They both featured a child within the prominent role. They both subverted typical monster movie tropes by making the "monsters" sympathetic figures. But the completion of everything del Toro had longed to achieve was found in one, very special, labyrinthine world of fantastical monstrosities.

    Pan's Labyrinth world was as such:

    Set…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Whiplash, as a movie, is quite good. Fantastic even. But as it relates to, specifically, being/becoming good at an instrument, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, which kind of sucks because it killed a lot of the potential for payoff at the end.

    Here's a little back story:

    Before cinema, before philosophy, before writing, or even before my first truly romantic relationship... I fell in love with music. I first discovered music's potential as a senior in high…