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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★½

    Another beautifully rendered animated film though it's obvious we're dealing with a Jacob's Ladder scenario. He clearly got stuck underwater between the two rocks and everything following is a last breath hallucination and fantasy about falling in love with a dead turtle reborn as a woman. Right? No, just me. Well, I liked the style of animation and the choice to make it wordless but for a film called The Red Turtle I was quite a bit less interested once that thing showed up and found myself struggling to stay awake.

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★★

    I've found my favorite foreign language film and animated film of the year, wrapped up together in one brief, yet powerful, hour. In less than five minutes My Life as a Zucchini surprised me and in less than sixty it had crushed me. This may be an animated film but it deals with some serious shit and after catching me off guard it proceeded to quietly explore well-tread ideas and themes I found gorgeous and funny and heartbreaking. Just wonderful.

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  • 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…

  • 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…