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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    "If you stay here and this becomes your present, then pretty soon, you'll start imagining another time was really your, you know, was really the golden time. That's what the present is. That it's a little unsatisfying, because life's a little unsatisfying." -- Midnight in Paris

    How does one span three generations, finding nostalgia, within nostalgia, within nostalgia? How does one create a 3D world while implementing a 2D cut out style? How does one assemble highly skilled actors, in…

  • The World's End

    The World's End

    Ah, the feels. Yes, here we've come back full circle. Like any good trilogy, the middle one leaves you on a minor note, so as to appreciate the resolution in the third. With the Cornetto trilogy, the second one, though satisfying, left me wanting more. More poignancy. I had tasted it in Shaun of the Dead and caught a glimpse of it in Hot Fuzz, but was hoping to come face to face with it here. Higher stakes, heavier baggage…

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  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    I've been hemming and hawing over this film all day. Having only seen Fahrenheit 451, I hesitate to comment on Truffaut's work. It's as if I were to say about Hitchcock's Rear Window, "Hey, have you noticed that everything is through that nosy Jeff's point of view?" It's laughable. I mean books have been written on 400 Blows and now I get to say something new? :)

    So, here's my idea. If all of you Truffaut connoisseurs don't mind, I'm…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    I hate this movie. It's going directly into my top 100.

    I hate that it makes my heart hurt so much and how the camera work makes me dizzy and nauseous at the horrors of war.

    I hate that the sharpness of some of the images stings my eyes, especially those of her eyes and in hearing the word Nyet, over and over to no avail.

    I hate the condemnation and perpetual self hatred and to what depths and lengths…