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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★

    Beautiful images, but overwrought and drawn out, if I was going to suggest a Tarkovsky film to someone, it would be Andrei Rublev or The Mirror (both masterpieces).

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Such a powerful, assured debut. A rare film that provokes me to reflect on many things. An intellectual film (like Paterson), but mindful of the physicality/materiality of our lives (vividly so). The built environment is rarely so dramatically presented, but it is not in isolation, it is always seen in relation/combination with natural settings. The meeting and getting to know strangers is not presented as a magical happening, it is complicated and convoluted... but there is magic in the ability to reach beyond those difficulties to know someone that is unique/interesting.

    Hoping to watch again in two days

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★

    First, this film should be considered the 2015 Anti-50 Shades of Grey, in that we are presented with a strong female character who does not mindlessly submit herself to the whims and desires of wealthy/powerful dominants who have a lot of neat technological toys. Instead, she goes her own way and learns to stand up for herself.

    Second, while it is not didactic on this point, this film is clearly critiquing the mindless drive to conquer and consume without any…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    Finally a Pynchon adaptation and it is done right.