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  • Scandal



    A mess of a script directed as well as it possibly could have been. There are many flashes of brilliance here on Kurosawa's part: the montage of the scandal actually happening (which the final shot comes back to), Mifune's appearance at the newspaper (the sound of the motorbike and the cuts to everyone's reactions), and it generally feels like the camera is always exactly where it should be.

    It's an interesting film because it has elements that Kurosawa would investigate…

  • Rendez-vous



    Juliette Binoche's breakthrough performance, and she comes out fully formed, already in complete control any time she's on screen. Her scene partners aren't quite up to the task, especially the rightly Wadeck Stanczak as the ultimate "nice guy" and - to a lesser extent - a young Lambert Wilson as a tortured artist type (read: an asshole). Because yes, this is a film mostly consisting of a very young (21 !!) Binoche dealing with and indulging in terrible, terrible men,…

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  • My King

    My King


    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



    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…