• Amores Perros

    Amores Perros

    ★★★½

    Very sad movie that likes pulling on your heartstrings with dogs and violence against people.

    The sadness rarely feels earned however, as the film will constantly play guitar chords for sad moments. Sometimes it feels back-to-back.


    Quite a few plot holes too: How can a dog heal from a gunshot wound with just a taped on bandage. How is a dog able to survive under an apartment’s floorboards off nothing but rats and chocolate? Also, how can you be followed…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★½

    Some bad sound effects. Mushu is more annoying than funny. Too many Americanisms in a movie set in China.

    Overall, very enjoyable and briskly paced.

  • Class Action Park

    Class Action Park

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable. Animations were kinda cool.

    Don't like the obligatory sad scenes towards the end.

  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★

    A knock-off David Lynch movie.

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    The film has some strange cinematography.

    There are many zooms in the film, but they feel out of place. This might’ve been to create a documentary style, but I don’t think it works as well as Children of Men.

    It’s rare that I notice lens choices, but here, I noticed a wide lens consistently on the main character to show his state of mind. I think the result was jarring when intercut with telephoto lenses. A movie that did this well was Seven.

    I didn’t think I’d continue watching after 10 minutes, but the film gets stronger as it goes on. Very sad 😢

  • Bowling for Columbine

    Bowling for Columbine

    ★★★½

    Some of the editing is a little cheesy but the film looks great and sounds even better.

    I applaud Moore for putting himself into situations with people he doesn’t just disagree with, but loathes. It makes for interesting conversations.

    Marilyn Manson is surprisingly eloquent. Seems like a nice guy despite the make up and strange fashion choices.

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★

    Amazing sound design. Even a well-lit room can seem ominous with sound of a washer in the background.

  • After Life

    After Life

    ★★★★

    The documentary aspects of the film are interesting.

    Kore-eda mixed actors with non-actors, and had scripted and un-scripted sections. 

    The lighting isn’t consistent in the interviews, and the cuts are sometimes in the middle of what someone’s saying.

    It’s jarring, but it make a ridiculous concept seem believable.

  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    ★★★★½

    very pretty movie for 1990.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★½

    Very well made like his other films, but I got bored after a while.

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★

    Interesting to see a film that’s filmed almost entirely on ultra-wide lenses.

    Wong uses them to great effect for separation between foreground and background.

    A lot of stylistic elements from Chungking Express return, such as slow shutter speeds and jarring cuts of people walking.

  • Goldman v Silverman

    Goldman v Silverman

    ★★★

    i wish i could’ve filmed this, there was a lot of flickering that could’ve been fixed by changing the shutter speed/angle