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  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★

    I've liked each Hirokaza Koreeda film I've seen yet they're almost too low key to ever fully capture my heart. After the Storm continues the trend of understated familial drama with a handful of beautifully realized moments but it feels more unnecessarily packed with asides than his previous work as well.

  • Gigi

    Gigi

    Putting aside the horrible messaging of the film, it says something that as a musical your most memorable song is an old pervert thanking god for little girls. And that's how you want to kick things off?

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    "If there's any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something."

    I'm not a talker. I'm too self-conscious, too timid, too introverted, preferring instead to convey my thoughts in writing, after I've given myself a proper amount of time to mull them over. Obviously this isn't logical when dealing with other human beings, we interact through our words, in the moment, through eye contact and hand gestures and dialogue. My inability…

  • The Village

    The Village

    ★★★★★

    "The world moves for love, it kneels before it in awe."

    I know my credibility as a film fan, and possibly my sanity, may be called into question, but M. Night Shyamalan's masterpiece doesn't feature ghosts, superheroes, or aliens. It involves the things we shall not speak of (but really should, like religion, politics, etc.), good colors and bad colors, and, most importantly, an affecting love story wrapped up in a timely fable of post-9/11 fear-mongering. With a surprisingly deep…