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  • Louder Than Bombs

    Louder Than Bombs

    ★★½

    I am surprised it is liked by so many. I had no emotional or visceral connection with the film or any of its character and their individual struggles that were all stemming from that one big central event. Even with Isabelle Huppert, nothing. I love and admire the filmmaker for "Oslo August 31st" that had quite an effect on me and nothing else.

    It is true that some of the greatest "American" films have been made by European or generally…

  • India Song

    India Song

    ★½

    Suffered through this insufferable slog like I have never suffered during a film before. I had high hopes for Duras' directorial work because of her written masterworks that needs no mention. But alas!

    One can sit through beautifully composed shots with lit and lushly decorated interiors for so long. The tableaux-ish way characters stand or slowly go by their actions while they don't speak and express in a limited manner makes it a chore to sit through. The voiceovers don't…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Around the World in May-ty Days Challenge
    Movie #20 - Stalker (Russia)

    I am a great admirer of the shockingly amazing, Andrei Tarkovsky. I love and worship his work, he definitely knows his craft. While his work doesn't entirely resonates with me on emotional or personal level per say, it always blows my socks off whenever i see it. I can spend hours trying to absorb the beauty that is there in his every single shot. His deliberately paced, slow…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Master Miyazaki has made many movies where relatively younger protagonists, mostly female, are put up against something that they need to fulfill, experience, learn from and grow up. This is a very simple movie which has two young daughters of a professor in the postwar rural Japan, moving into an old house so that they can be near to hospital where their mother is recovering from some unnamed illness. There are some friendly wood spirits in that area who interacts…