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  • A Short Film About Love

    A Short Film About Love

    ★★★★½

    Like with the last one, this is the feature length version of an episode of director Krzysztof Kieślowski's masterwork The Decalogue. This was Part Six and is "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery". This time it's about a young man who spies on a beautiful older woman in the next apartment building. You may think you know where this is going but you really don't. Kieslowski's sense of genuine empathy and human touch shepherds the story to unfold in unexpected ways.…

  • A Short Film About Killing

    A Short Film About Killing

    ★★★★★

    This is the feature length version of the "Thou Shalt Not Kill" part of Krzysztof Kieślowski's masterpiece The Decalogue. I actually debated whether or not I should review this since it's essentially a re-watch and I generally do not review re-watches. But I think I've seen the miniseries in a long enough time and this is different enough that I think it does merit a review. The plot is the same: A young man murders a taxi driver and is…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…