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  • The World of Apu

    The World of Apu

    ★★★★½

    There’s certain thing that makes a coming-of-age film a “COMING OF AGE” film. And that’s actually when the main character comes of age, or if I want to sound smart and use a fancy word: Bildungsroman. A reason that I maybe couldn’t get totally on board with the previous installments of this trilogy, aside from the incongruous tone, form, or pacing, is that Apu never achieves Bildungsroman until this final feature. He’s actually barely a character in the first two…

  • Aparajito

    Aparajito

    ★★★

    While this is a considerable step up formally speaking, it is definitely a step down concerning its structural and lyrical qualities. Pather Panchali may have been rough and ungainly edited, Aparajito doesn’t have the same joyful cinematic spirit as it nor does it have the mother daughter connection that buoyed most of that film. The character conflict here mostly rely on the mother and Apu, who continues to be a blank slate that is hard to identify with. This film…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Watching this again after years and years convincing myself that this was in fact Tarantino’s crowning achievement was a strange experience. The first half of the film was all fine and good. It was all mostly how I remembered it. Occasional moments played out slightly differently though. Just tiny things here and there that were slightly skewed, probably due to recollecting the social memory of this film rather than the actual film itself. 

    Aside from this, the only thing I…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★½

    There’s something that lawyers do that I find absolutely hilarious. They’re so contentious at one moment, usually while on the record arguing ardently on behalf of their client with so much snark and vitriol. Then someone mentions lunch, the record is paused, and everyone is the friendliest of buddies. Over the vast amount of depositions I recorded, it happens so much. It happens here too and it really underlines one of the big points Baumbach is trying to get across:…