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  • Umberto D.

    Umberto D.


    There is something that can be said about a film that you're able to instantly recognize as one of the best you've probably ever seen. Umberto D. is possibly Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece, an emotional knockout that thrills the soul with its gorgeous black and white cinematography and sublime performances. Amongst the other examples of Italian Neorealism- that subgenre that so melodramatically depicts lower middle-class lifestyle post-World War II, it may be the best of the best. Its lead, shockingly…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women


    My dearest mother,

    I have seen Mike Mills' 20th Century Women three times now, and only now upon this third viewing with you have I been able to fully realize what this film meant for me. I know you didn't really like it much, it was too meandering without any straightforward meaning, which I can understand; and I'm sorry if I had wasted your time by having you watch this with me. Regardless, I find this film to be a…

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  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie


    Cinema is the train. It is not the station. -Jean-Luc Godard

    I thought I was prepared for this. After the cheery colorful festivities in A Woman is a Woman, Godard switched back to a monochromatic full frame for his next feature- a stark portrait of human survival and one desperate woman's downward spiral into destitution. From the opening scene, we are drawn into the moment- its melancholy minor-key theme repeating itself as the credits slowly appear over Nana's profile, and…

  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom



    It's just so fun to say, you know?

    Certainly a moniker that lives up to its promised action, Kihachi Okamoto's aptly titled The Sword of Doom is completely different from any other samurai movie I've seen, boasting a more psychological approach to its bloodthirsty subject character: a nihilistic and vengeful samurai living through the final days of the shogunate era in Japan. Whereas typical samurai films try to show their swordsmen as misunderstood and outcast heroes,…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl


    Whenever I think about getting back together with my ex, I watch this film. Works like a charm every time.

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups


    What kind of world do we live in where Christopher Nolan is hailed as one of the most original and visionary directors of the 21st century and Terrence Malick is labeled a boring hack who doesn't know how to make a great film? I mean, I really like some Nolan films, but Inception is just a live action Paprika and Interstellar is a 2001 homage with (to me) terribly written dialogue. Now again, I'm not saying his films are bad…