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  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★

    Over 800 hours of footage was shot, and thankfully the director trimmed it down to 799. Or 8000. I’ve lost all sense of time after this plodding, interminable film. Unfortunately, it mars two incredible performances by the leads (I’m not looking up how to spell their names—I don’t have the time to spare). These two women truly gave every ounce of themselves to this project: their entire range of emotions, their heartache, blood, sweat, and tears. Ok gd it: Adele…

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

    Charles Bronson carries a secret with him throughout the entirety of this film. Who is he, and what does he want? Stoic, somber, and laconic, his preferred ways of communication are through subtle expressions and a harmonica. We see him play this harmonica periodically, hear it woven into the score, and assume it to be a coping device or harmless character identifier. We also notice a look in his eyes, something beyond his occasional smirk, and we recognize an undoubtable…

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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★½

    I love the idea of using science fiction as a vehicle to explore humanity. Isn’t that infinitely more frightening than Mars? Why imagine a space monster when we’re still terrified to talk about death, grief, God, and the human propensity for mistakes and regret? This film is a true masterpiece of philosophy, like a Tolstoy novel or Kierkegaard essay come to life. Some of it is inexplicable and up to interpretation, but I think that’s part of the point: to…

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★★

    Thought provoking finale to the incredible Three Colors trilogy, Red is visually intriguing and philosophically adventurous, exploring the very nature of human connection. I was immediately surprised by the ambitious and stunning opening sequence, as we dove into phone lines and traveled across the sea. And I loved the color theme throughout, never showy or overdone, but perfectly highlighted. This film asks the viewer to dwell on the seeming randomness of existence and how we form relationships. In moments of…