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  • The Artist

    The Artist

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt #63 (June 2020) letterboxd.com/danlewis84/list/scavenger-hunt-63-june-2020/. Task 22: Watch a Best Picture winner.

    Excessively polished and borderline pandering, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist does not quite live up to the expectations set by overly sentimental critics. Although the ambitious silent premise was admirable, I felt let down by the derivative plot and exaggerated technical aspects. The film exploits a long-detached audience with desperate attempts of forced nostalgia without any authenticity. Most notably, the final climactic score was taken from Hitchcock's Vertigo…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    Task 10 of the 2020 Scavenger Hunt: letterboxd.com/xconzo/list/the-2020-movie-scavenger-hunt/ (SPOILERS)

    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…

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  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries

    ★★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt #62 Task 30: I can never get over the feeling of being able to share a film I really enjoy with someone else. Watch a film I have rated 5 stars.

    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…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    Film 11 of the GMS Scavenger Hunt. Task 4: Watch a movie staring Al Pacino. (SPOILERS)

    Michael Mann's Heat is a peaked culmination encompassing a generation of immense talent. A collaboration during the zenith of Pacino, De Niro, and Kilmer's careers is a marvel to witness on screen in and of itself, but Mann's screenplay allowed a truly influential and deep portrayal of these characters. Further, the transfixing, synthy tones of Elliot Goldenthal's score completely lulls the viewer into the…