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  • The Emigrants

    The Emigrants

    "Sharing horizons that are new to us...
    Workin' together day to day...
    So much of life ahead
    We'll find a place where there's room to grow" -- Carpenters

    Snippets of this song keep creeping into my consciousness as I watch the Nilsson family eek out their lives simply and stoically. There is nothing new to be told here, in fact it is as old as the hills; human and natures' interaction, relationship and survival. It's so old that for modern…

  • La Cérémonie

    La Cérémonie

    *Spoilery*

    "I must work night and day for someone who doesn’t appreciate me; I must bear the wind and rain, scarcely eating or sleeping! I, too, would like to be a gentleman, and no longer a servant." -- Leporello in Don Giovanni

    What's the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? Well, there is much debate over the two terms, but a simplified way of looking at it could be meditative vs. highly impulsive and possibly, nature vs. nurture. What…

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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…