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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Rear Window
  • All About Eve
  • Wild Strawberries

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  • Throne of Blood

    ★★★

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

    ★★★½

  • Persona

    ★★★★

  • Everyone is Doing Great

    ★★★½

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  • Throne of Blood

    Throne of Blood

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Moral of the story: don’t trust women. Whether human or a spirit, we are all evil.

    On paper Throne of Blood sounds like it would work. I mean, it is Macbeth, after all. But there is something about this execution that really doesn’t work. The pacing was incredibly slow – there was a sequence where the two men get lost in the forest for several minutes – the performances were over-the-top, and by the death sequence at the end, I…

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

    Nine Perfect Strangers

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Last summer, I decided to read Nine Perfect Strangers for the sole purpose of “preparing” for the announced miniseries. If it has Nicole Kidman in it, I’ll watch it. Simple as that. I remember feeling that the characters were simply not that well developed. It just seemed as though each one was given a simplistic backstory and a personality trait or two, and walla, we have a novel. I told my friend that I’m hoping that, in the miniseries, each…

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  • Mind Game

    Mind Game

    ★★★

    Films like Mind Game, though incredibly innovative, are a reminder that the world of cinema is still very much a man's world. One could argue, as I'm sure the fans of this movie will, that there are no "films like Mind Game." Yes, there was something truly extraordinary about it: the animation was stunning and I very much appreciated the film-maker breaking away from modern convention. Yet, the story was so obviously conceived by a man's mind - the crude…

  • The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    ★★★★½

    Whether you grew up in China or in the United States, if you don't know your self-worth as a woman, you're going to find yourself in terrible situations. In The Joy Luck Club, some of those scenes were the most heartbreaking.

    Despite the heart-wrenching scenarios some of these women found themselves in, the film as a whole was beautifully-told and incredibly touching. I loved this window into Chinese and Chinese-American cultures, respectively, the latter of which has barely received much focus in American cinema. More than anything, though, I loved the centrality of women to the plot of the film. The men were merely a footnote.