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  • Ordet

    Ordet

    ★★★★½

    I was prepared not to vibe with Ordet for many reasons, but mainly because I knew it was a film with religion its primary focus. Nevertheless, considering my mantra, “It doesn’t matter a film’s theme as long as it’s well written.” I went ahead and watched it. And yes, this is extraordinary. Sure, there are aspects in the film as outdated as rotary telephones, yet I can’t remember the last time I was a witness – except maybe for 12…

  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★★½

    The second time around this film is an absolute treat. Thriller writing doesn't get any sharper and more relevant than this, even after more than a decade from its release. As with other Tony Gilroy scripts, Michael Clayton is an exceptional exercise in balancing classic thriller tropes with new narrative and thematic ideas. I recognize this isn't the type of thriller most would expect - myself included, when I first watched it 3 years ago - but as the minutes…

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  • Darkness, Light, Darkness

    Darkness, Light, Darkness

    ★★★★½

    For when kids ask where do babies come from - Part 2

  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★★★

    Although this will be labeled as leftist propaganda - what film about post 9/11 hasn't been at this point - The Mauritanian is at its core profoundly humanistic. Yes, it covers the same moral ground of The Report (2019) but has a more comforting approach and point of view, thanks mainly to Mohamedou's distinctive character, portrayed with the same childlike fashion by Tahar Rahim, who is a revelation for me here. Stay for the end credits, I guarantee you're gonna smile for the rest of the day.

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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★

    Sadly the elders and the whole system of assisted living facilities is just a setting here to portray a victim of capitalism and the absurdity of modern day feminism. But this victim here victimizes old people, so that's a huge problem. The ending is a half measure and morally problematic, ruining a very strong 2/3 of the film. Rosamund Pike on psycho mode is absolutely mesmerizing.

  • Umberto D.

    Umberto D.

    ★★★★½

    Two souls helping each other out in the backdrop of misery and contempt. A treasure of filmmaking!