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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★★★½

    Beautifully shot and with absolutely brilliant pacing. It's a poetic journey through North America and the mind of an idealistic, driven guy. To me, this movie is about connection. Connection with not just people or nature, but *feeling* connected to the universe and everything in it. Especially as you grow older, this connection isn't something that is acquired easily. How do we forge such a connection? I sometimes find myself trying to feel content with less than this, because it's…

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★½

    Batman & Robin was better.

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  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    They say the pen is mightier than the sword. Mishima didn't seem to be concerned with that, he was finding a way to reconcile the two throughout his life.

    Before watching I had never heard of Mishima before. What an extraordinary life. It's been put to film wondrously, evoking a certain operatic and surreal effect. Some of the theatre-like set-pieces really blew my mind with their vivid colours and brilliant lighting.
    Philip Glass' epic washes of arpeggios feel right at…

  • Vanilla Sky

    Vanilla Sky

    ★★★★★

    What a barrage of emotion in this. Cruise, Cruz and Diaz deliver amazing performances. But Cruise is on another level here. I think sometimes it is a bit oversaturated with pretty music.... But every single song makes a lot of sense.