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  • He Never Died

    He Never Died

    ★½

    This film should have been right up my alley: it was rated VM18 (basically, the Italian NC-17) on Netflix, it was a dark comedy with horror elements, and the premise was very interesting and original. On paper, this should have worked.

    However... this movie was insufferably boring! Part of that is due to the cheap production design, lack of tension, lack of action, even lack of gore for the most part (this was shockingly tame). The comedic timing was all…

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    38/78 of Keeping Up with the Boxes: January-February 2018

    The events that unfolded in Algiers in the 20th century are quite familiar to me, for I was "forced" by my French teacher to study them during high school. This 1966 classic is borderline a documentary, with plenty of unprofessional actors in the cast. Morricone's soundtrack is iconic, the setpieces are impressive to this day, and the story is very darn sad.

    Story: 8
    Directing: 8.5
    Cinematography: 8
    Acting: 7.5
    Sound:…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    37/78 of Keeping Up with the Boxes: January-February 2018

    I thought I was going into Mulholland Drive well-equipped: I had watched most of Lynch's previous films and never felt like they were confusing or hard to follow; I knew almost nothing of this film, except that it was going to be a challenge; I was ready to use all my wits and my attention to fully understand it.

    Guys... I failed.

    Mulholland Drive destroyed me. David Lynch has finally outsmarted…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Of all the movies that are premiering here at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this is the one I was most excited about. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance set during the Cold War.

    The undeniable star of the film has to be del Toro’s crew: the makeup and special effects used to bring the creature to life…