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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★½

    I love this movie. It takes what could be a high-effort conceit about art and turns it into a humble, open, romantic epic. The film is indeed epic in its presentation. Despite taking place over the course of only one day, its characters span time and space in supernatural ways. What's great about this film is that it uses the supernatural merely as a means to an end, as a way into its philosophy. It's not just a trick; Kiarostami…

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★

    Damn near incoherent, but also very committed to its spontaneity. The feelings of one night, one year, one lifetime, are not coherent either. But this vitality is what keeps us alive and excited to live. It's in our nature to pull away from uncertainty, and also to be drawn to it. We want to be independent, yet we want to share our lives with others. Sometimes it doesn't make sense, and this film embraces the awkward contrasts of life with flying colors.

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  • The Terrorizers

    The Terrorizers

    ★★★★

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

    I like the idea of this film. Its ambiguity and monotonous structure is absolutely oppressive as an audience member, and that's by design. The loose strands of plot and hypnotically long takes are part of a series of glimpses into the lives of people who have no reason to live. Much of this movie is taken up by silence or stillness, which is mostly used to demonstrate not suspense or terror, as the title suggests, but rather boredom. One can…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★½

    I don't really know what to think of this. It doesn't give me anything to latch onto in any analysis, yet if the film is meant to be taken at face value or as something more impressionistic, I don't think it hits that tone either. The characters are impossible for me to empathize with, yet Tarkovsky portrays their struggles as so personal in such rich and interesting ways. Despite getting the sense that Tarkovsky has great ideas, I think his…