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  • Barton Fink

    Barton Fink

    ★★★★

    Very interesting...

    I thought that it would be more akin to something like Adaptation or some other Coen films, specifically Fargo and A Serious Man. That's how it was shaping up in the first act.

    But this film delves into something more obscure. Even though the surface level ideas of Barton's own self-importance for the "common man" seem to tie things up, there is still an ambiguous ending, and and many anticlimactic moments throughout, which, knowing the Coen brothers as…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    It's interesting to me how little I was thinking about the film while watching it. Normally I try to keep my senses aware of the themes, design, structure, etc., but this film kept my observations at bay. But I think this actually enhanced what the film was trying to do. While first being in awe of the spectacular cinematography, my vision was eventually subdued as I became lost in the city just as Charlotte and Bob were. There is little…

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

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

    The cinematography presents this world very beautifully in stark contrasting representations of Travis Bickle's mind. There are times when greens, blues, and reds mix together to create a blurry, sleepy atmosphere that pervades his psyche and begins to drive him crazy (no pun intended). However, there is also the simplicity and poise of the daylight scenes, especially during Palatine's campaign, where Travis's mere presence puts off the entire environment, seeing that the honesty of his night life has already developed…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★½

    I find it difficult to criticize Hitchcock, with him being "one of the greatest filmmakers of all time" and all that. But this really was not entertaining. There are aspects of it--the color design, the advanced shot composition for its time--that can be appreciated, but the experience is very underwhelming, and kind of ridiculous. I mean James Stewart is kind of a dick in this movie.