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  • Mother

    Mother

    ★★★½

    Really didn't find myself connecting with this at all. The cinematography and visual system are some of the best I've ever seen, which I wasn't surprised to this was DPed by Hong Kyung-Pyo who DPed Parasite as well. I really just didn't feel invested in the story for most of the runtime. The slow pacing and plot that never really defied my expectations left me at times watching the runtime and other somewhat interested. I think this following Memories of…

  • Awaara

    Awaara

    ★★★½

    A really fun film with some top tier banger moments albeit very flawed.

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★½

    Fell asleep watching this a second time. Still 5/5 but I missed some gr8 scenes so this viewing was more of a 3.5/5.

  • Gilda

    Gilda

    ★★

    A sexist caricature of a female lead and unrealistic pretentious dialogue leads to an experience where I was confused an uninterested half way through.

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★

    Not my thing at all, but clearly influential for cinematic storytelling.

  • The Naked City

    The Naked City

    ★★½

    From bad cinematography to a voice over almost as bad as Harrison Ford's in Blade Runner, this movie is a dime a dozen 50s noir flick with no interesting twist on the formula. Made the movie feel more like propaganda for how the police works.

    Barry Fitzgerald's performance is the only good part. At best this is a interesting time capsule capturing certain aspect of 50s New York.

  • Rated R for Nudity

    Rated R for Nudity

    Guys I think I'm hypnotized

  • City of God

    City of God

    ★★★★½

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

    An insane window into the slums of Rio through the lens of short oral story told through film, it ends up being a surprise docu-drama that shows just how endemic the violence in the slums are, and how not getting wrapped up in the violence does mean you van get out. It's a very stylized film that has fun with itself. It's also horribly graphic and dark. It does NOT hold back. The characters were pretty shallow unfortunately, but it…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★½

    Keyes is the GOAT

  • Six Cents in the Pocket

    Six Cents in the Pocket

    ★★★½

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

    I love D'Ambrose's use of stark imagery, which clashes strong diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines together to create a harsh and direct mise-en-scene. This is a film that to me is about a lack of control. A man, clearly without much direction in life, goes through the motion while life happens to him. The woman he speaks to stops talking to him and the kindly couple (that he may or may not be related to) die in a freak plane…

  • Spiral Jetty

    Spiral Jetty

    ★★★★

    A beautiful experience that utilizes its minute scale to create a tight story of the importance and meaning of art after one has died as an archivist goes through a recently deceased psychologist's personal written, audio, and visual work. This brings up a question of whether capturing a moment through a visual or auditory medium is futile, and how removing or adding documents effects history. It sucked me in and I always felt like I knew what the archivist was…

  • Incitement

    Incitement

    ★★★★

    *DISCLAIMER: I would put spoiler warning up but this movie is about a historical event, so I'm not gonna.

    A really great docu-drama that is laser focused (wink wink to anyone who's seen the film or has read through this entire review) in showing how this toxic, politically charged environment can 'incite' an assassination by a devout Jew. It is very much a political film but after a Q&A with the director it was clear that while he has very…