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  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★½

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    Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is a brilliant character study on the isolated Harry Caul. This is very different than Coppola's other features. Though The Godfather and Apocalypse Now both feature equally brilliant character studies, this is so much more subdued. The plot, the grand scheme, the story, all these are driving forces of Coppola's other movies. Here, however, the actual conspiracy is almost irrelevant. Caul, with all his privacy, guilt, and anxiety are the centerpiece…

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★½

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    Well...

    Don't get me wrong, there's a lot a like here. I love how the first shot of the movie is our protagonist calmly looking over these lilies and pieces of nature, not even referencing the future world that most sci-fi movies would hammer in. Hell, you don't even know what kind of world this is for any of the movie. You don't know the year, the advancements in space, whether space is ruled by the…

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  • The Comedy

    The Comedy

    ★★★½

    The Comedy, featuring cult TV comedian Tim Heidecker, is a film about the ironic culture surrounding hipsters, or more specifically the lack of culture. Heidecker plays Swanson, rich, yuppie type who alternates modes of crude humor, complete apathy, and trying to find something to give his life any sort of worth. Though he may be looking in the wrong places.

    Swanson isn't a likable character, and I hesitate to call him sympathetic, but there are moments where you can't help…

  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★★

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    What I love about Woody Allen films is that they all flirt with the existential and profound while simultaneously keeping everything super low-stakes and assigning higher priority to things like love. I like the self-awareness it takes to realize that these philosophical problems aren't solvable things and sometimes you shouldn't take yourself so seriously. The The Purple Rose of Cairo is a cookie-cut Woody Allen film that came out just right. Nothing here is propelled into…