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  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★½

    Reminded me somewhat of certain Rosselinis and Antonionis dealing with the troubles of marriage, familial relations and dubious morals, all coming to play during what they hoped was to be a holiday.
    Unfortunately, it somewhat spirals out of hand, revealing limited acting capabilities of some of the actors and actresses. Still an enjoyable watch.

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★★

    Such an intense experience. The soundscape reminded me of Only God Forgives, not just because of the Thai connection, but it shares an unnerving quality and an unspoken promise of doom.
    It stumbles a bit in its attempts at relational drama, but the psychological drama within Billy Moore more than makes up for the few predictable beats it hits.

    Now, off to Thailand to become an inmate - looks so tempting...

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  • Kagemusha

    Kagemusha

    ★★★★½

    I've always related Kurosawa films to black-and-white photography, having never seen his colour films. Never again. Kurosawa's own past as a painter comes to its full fruition in this visual masterpiece about illusion and reality. The film is visual poetry, engaging the viewer with stunning use of colour, showing us the darker sides of humanity.

    After the death of warlord Shingen Takeda, his men decide to train a thief as his double, Kagemusha - literally meaning shadow warrior. Shingen's enemies…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★★

    I remember seeing this when it first came out in 2010, and being kind of underwhelmed by it. Let me explain.
    I never got inside the movie, and always felt that I was on a different wavelength than Aronofsky wanted me to be. The portrayals seemed off, the creepiness out of place, and the plot jerky and uneven. I still felt that there was something there, it was a great movie, it just didn't live up to the hype and…