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  • Stromboli

    Stromboli

    ★★★★½

    Like an Italian Flannery O'Connor story. 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. In the first minutes of the film I recognized the limits of the Sartrian realism to which I believed the film was going to limit…

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

    Movie had its ups and downs, but Scarlett was perfect (and perfectly cast). Wish my 3D theater didn't look like it was showing in 480p though.

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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…

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    ★★★★★

    3rd or 4th viewing. A masterpiece of criticism that illuminates Tarkovsky's oeuvre without explaining it. It allows us to see and feel more deeply, pointing out things we might have missed with great poetic insight, but never claims to have found the key or falls into the trap of definition. "Some deliver sermons. The greats leave us with our freedom."

    And I could listen to Alexandra Stewart's voice all day.