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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    An oilman’s relentless pursuit of the American dream becomes the central attraction of Paul Thomas Anderson’s agonizing drama with an unhinged Daniel Day Lewis performance for the ages. There Will Be Blood might be Mr. Anderson’s most straightforward narrative, yet the cinematic results are gratifying, and yes, monumental. Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, the film centers on Daniel Plainview, a miner-turned-oil man as he quest for wealth during the California’s oil boom in 19th and early 20th century. Mr. Anderson’s…

  • Jules and Jim

    Jules and Jim

    ★★★★½

    On Monday July 31st of 2017—Cinema has lost a true treasure, Madam Jeanne Moreau. Although I haven’t seen most of her celebrated works in the movies (which I should start after this), reading about her on manuscripts, and film history books have entrusted me a certain knowledge about her formidable influence and determination in sustaining strong, complex female characters in the world of movies. Intro: Jules and Jim, one of the seminal pieces of the French New Wave, where it…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…