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  • Westfront 1918

    Westfront 1918

    ★★½

    The early sound era is a fascinating time; if silent films and the later sound films that followed can be classified as two very different mediums, then I think so too can films from 1927 to roughly 1931. Acting was still very much theatrical and hit or miss, specific conventions and tropes weren't yet developed and done to death, and some genres hadn't even yet had the time grow. Westfront 1918 falls into the category of films from this time…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★

    This is a film that really straddles the line between art and exploitation but I'm not entirely sure that the film is in any way a success. At the end of the day this is just porn; for the first hour or so I was bored and it was only in the closing act that the themes of destructive obsession and the meta act of pushing boundaries really had any sway with me. The sex scenes become numbing after not…

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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    ★★★★★

    David Lean strikes again! The Bridge on the River Kwai is a masterpiece in pacing, performances, and scripting. This is a war movie that does not focus on gun fights, explosions or violence of war per se, but the futility of it and the arrogance inherent in manmade destruction. Part adventure, part humane allegory, the film is also a deeply ironic portrayal of stubbornness and persistence. Performances are all perfect, photography is legendary, and the entire production is just suffused in an epic scale that only Lean that deliver. The film is cinematic in ways that other films don't even come close to achieving.

  • Planet Terror

    Planet Terror

    ★★★★

    Planet Terror works because Rodriguez has a deft mastery of editing and tempo. The throwbacks to classic '70's and '80's zombie movies (think the cinema of Lucio Fulci) are clever and the film is a blast to watch. The gore is great, meta humour welcome, and action beats well directed. The film commits wholeheartedly to its sleazy, low budget aesthetic and is utterly convincing in this regard. Rodriguez assembles an amazing cast with one exception, the single one that pisses…