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  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Embrace of the Serpent

    ★★★½

    Lovely film that tells a refreshingly unique story.

    Probably a wee bit too long to watch all at once though.

    I watched it in two one-hour chunks due to the World Cup and found that to be ideal.

  • It's Love I'm After

    It's Love I'm After

    ★★★

    Starts out slow with some Shakespeare, of which even a few minutes always threatens to put me to sleep.

    Then picks up steam and earns a couple of enormous belly laughs, both involving Digges.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    The only Kurosawa I had seen was Rashomon (1950) in a class I took in college called Philosophy and Film. I remember dreading it. I don't care for period pieces. Rashomon surprised me. I was impressed by it. I remember the imagery being awe-inspiring and the film being masterfully put together. That said, I still feel as though Rashomon is overrated. The trifurcated plot device is gimmicky, not in the sense that it is lame, but that it is cause…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★

    After seeing Yi Yi (2000) many years ago, and now this, the best word I can think of to describe director Edward Yang is overkill.

    His movies consist of perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene.

    Much action occurs, but Yang moves things along in so stately a manner that the most frequent sound is silence.

    The experience of going to see a Yang film is like being excited to dress up…