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  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★½

    So, this would be the definition of "stacking the deck," then.

  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo

    ★★★★★

    What is the 21st century? Youthful promise sliding into dysfunction, self-loathing and threats of violence leading to endless repetition and paralysis. The only potential for escape lies in cinema and a rediscovery of community.

    Hou's predictions were on point.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Got to see it on the big screen at the IU Cinema. Even with an old print, and a brief breakdown in the middle when the sound went out, still awe-inspiring. I remembered the beginning and end very well, but there were great stretches in the middle that felt almost brand new. I had forgotten what an epic it is--the sheer scope of the battle scenes is just stunning, and magnifies the horror of it all even more.

    This movie…

  • Stromboli

    Stromboli

    ★★★★½

    Like an Italian Flannery O'Connor story. (Both influenced by Simone Weil: "Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it . . .") Aside from the New Wave and Antonioni, this must have had a major impact on Kiarostami--The Wind Will Carry Us is practically a more self-reflexive remake.

    Here's Rohmer on its personal impact: "It was Rossellini who turned me away from existentialism. That took place in the middle of Stromboli.…