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  • The Thief of Bagdad

    The Thief of Bagdad

    ★★★½

    This is most definitely a silent film; if it was made today it would have definitely been cut down by about 45 minutes (most of which would come from the first half of the film). as you might expect from a raoul walsh movie, there's an obnoxious protestant message flashed in your face at the beginning and end of the movie, but it's not a big deal. also, this era is the pinnacle of set design and it shows int…

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★½

    I liked this the most out of all the Harry Potter movies I've seen. They ditch a lot of the nonsense and actually focus on the main narrative. The series continues to abuse orange and blue lighting, but there are at least some cinematic shots in the film.

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    I'm not going to say I liked the film because it seemed pretty standard in terms of a prestige picture, but I appreciated how it subverted traditional expectations of an early-mid 20th century war film. Not character-based, we don't see a humanized enemy, the film is about escaping not actual battle, and really the 'good guys' lose. Sound design was excellent.

    I guess the narrative structure was 'cute,' but unnecessary. We get it, you made Memento.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★

    Based solely on the narrative, this is not an interesting film. However, the set design and art direction (as well as the music) are a delight. Moreover, the way the film ends is striking and makes the entire story worth it.