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  • Red Beard

    Red Beard


    With Red Beard, Kurosawa strips away theatrical storytelling and flashy production for a subtle, universal message that is as important now as it was in 1965. That is not to say that Kurosawa’s masterful eye for camerawork is not on full display, as he takes advantage of the modest sets, using lighting and shadows to tell as much of his story as expression and dialogue. The run time is equally earned, as characters are fully developed with little regard to…

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage


    Dario Argento's feature film is about as cool as they come, with stylish music, stylish characters, stylish setting, and a stylish bird. When a young American writer visiting Rome with his girlfriend witnesses a murder, he quickly finds himself the victim of his own horror story. The introductory scene takes place in an art gallery complete with abstract pieces and glass walls. This gallery incidentally foreshadows the beautiful sets soon to unfold as the viewer sinks into Argento's bright-paletted, illusory…

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  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries


    Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries is a vulnerable character study that elevates a familiar story to greater depths with professional design and concise narrative. Over the course of the 91-minute run time, we are taken on a climactic road trip with the distinguished Dr. Isak Borg and his daughter-in-law, Marianne, as our protagonist travels to accept a prestigious award for his many years of service. However, this trip quickly unfolds into a journey through Dr. Borg's extensive life as the picture…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas


    Immersive and heartbreaking, yet transparent and linear, Wim Wenders' Paris Texas is one of the most impressionable experiences I have encountered on screen. A story of love blanketed in classic western influences, this film explores themes of family in an imaginative way that engages more and more with every step that Harry Dean Stanton's character takes out of the desert wilderness and into his lost life. The mysterious noir-like storytelling kept me transfixed, but what impressed me the most was…