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  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★★

    I might have loved this had it been 40 minutes shorter. Because after a certain point, Gilliam just keeps hammering the same points home and it becomes repetitive to the point of numbness. It's a shame, really, because I like this take on Don Quixote, and it had never occured to me how strong the connection is between Quixote and many of Gilliam's characters is (Jonathan Pryce in Brazil being the most obvious one here making it seem fortunate that…

  • Viridiana

    Viridiana

    ★★★½

    Feels right that this is the film Bunuel won the Palme d'Or for. It looks great and feels meticulous and precise in a way most of his films don't, and it's probably his most didactic work, which is not necessarily a bad thing: there's a clarity of purpose here that is impressive in its own way, in that the whole film is dedicated to destroy Viridiana's... everything really, her faith, her innocence, her naïveté. Bunuel sets out to crush her…

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  • My King

    My King

    ★★★★½

    Did not expect to love this so much. Intense, melodramatic but also very funny. The acting is the film's biggest strength : both Bercot (who won at Cannes) and Cassel give electrifying performances as a couple falling in love and the abusive, unhealthy realtionship that's born out of that. That makes it sound dreary, but one of the things I appreciate is how Maïwenn comes back to how well these two characters work together, how exhilarating life becomes in the…

  • Ballerina

    Ballerina

    ★½

    French animation can suck too ! This is not an offensively bad movie, it's just... the script feels like it could have been written by a computer having been fed animated movie plots from the last twenty years, and the voice acting doesn't particularly elevate the material. There just isn't any reason for this film to exist except for a potentially interesting setting (1880's Paris, orphan girl from Britanny who becomes a ballet dancer) which it doesn't do anything with…