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  • Tristana

    Tristana

    ★★★

    Drier than my skin during harsh winter months. Deneuve not so surprisingly illuminates the film. She is the bright spot. Beautifully playing the role of an innocent girl wronged and robbed. The dubbing does distract. Her transformation from that innocent, curious, emotional soul to a bitter woman is miraculous. Yet overall the film didn't pack as much of a punch as some of master's other works. Most of it felt like a rehash. Appreciated some slight surreal touches and the ending.

  • The Contender

    The Contender

    ★★½

    I have so many conflicting thoughts. Don't know how I feel about it. The intentions are great, so is the premise but gets wobbly in the delivery. At the same time it is so on the nose and dictates every single thing to its viewer. The liberal rage, sexism and misogyny, political games. Politics is a nasty sport. It is about power, it has always been. Allen was good, I love her internalized depiction but her character could have been…

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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…