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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★½

    It's hard for me not to be mixed on Psycho, considering one half is so obviously superior to the other. While the second half has its moments, the first half is genius from beginning to end. At least Anthony Perkins' performance is just as great even after the car sinks, but I've seen practically no one talk about how wonderful Janet Leigh is in the film, who, I would argue, is just as good as Perkins. Don't get me wrong,…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★½

    Certainly Lee Chang-dong's most challenging film, with one of the main reasons being that the further away I get from it, the less I think the plot that involves burning is the true focus of the film. Certain plot reveals and moments lead the audience to get into the mindset of a thriller and mystery, and while those elements are certainly present and valid, I think they're just pieces in a much bigger puzzle involving reality vs imagination.

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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★★

    Why do we go to the movies? I think that it’s to escape, first and foremost. Every movie is an escape in one way or another, even if it’s grounded in realism. Movies allow us to visit new places, meet new people, and experience new situations. If you’re going to escape, it might as well be to a happy place, where everything is cheerful, fun, and joyful. When that’s my goal, I cannot think of a better movie to get…

  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    ★★★★

    This concerns the whole movie, Parts 1 and 2.

    There's something inherently satisfying about seeing history play out on film, especially when it's in pristine quality like in the recent Blu-ray release of Olympia. The Olympics is a wonderful subject for a four-hour documentary, and it's made much more interesting because it's about the most interesting Olympic games likely ever, considering Hitler and Jesse Owens play major roles. The Nazi element provides subtle tension by default, and seeing the games…