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  • A Good Marriage

    A Good Marriage

    ★★★★½

    Rohmer is at his best in this key - beautiful scenery, effortlessly insightful character study centering around the indecision of relationships, unexpected music used briefly, and ultimately uplifting but without a concrete resolution. The central character of Sabine may seem to be an impulsive gold digger, but her actions are truthful of the human condition; people naturally look for relationships where they will gain something that suits them. Her practical explanation of her own behavior makes perfect sense: she believes…

  • Fall Guy

    Fall Guy

    ★★★½

    Love that theme song. I'm just going to write the lyrics here as my review, because for some reason when I search online they don't appear anywhere. Also who wrote these song lyrics (and music)?

    Kamata, city of rainbows, harbor of light, the world of film
    Flowers and the smell of spring everywhere you look
    Even a short romance gets burned into the camera's eye
    Brimming with youth and full of life is the world of film

    Gripping the heart,…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Having seen this twice now, I continue to be both haunted and disappointed by it. The Revenant is such an elemental work, one of the most staggering depictions of raw nature and human condition ever put on film, in the context of the dirt and grit and cold of the time period as experienced by these people in their taiga locale.

    We know Emmanuel Lubezki is an all-time great cinematographer, and he conjures yet another memorable and impossibly difficult tableau…

  • The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

    The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

    ★★★½

    As a kid, I liked this one even more than the first one. The silver city was iconic for me, and the aspect of the wishes and the father following the kid's story was magical! I re-watched both, and I still kinda do like this one slightly more. There's a lot of campy fun (the costumes of the villainess are amazing LOL) and it's visually very appealing with all of the world-building details. I miss real sets in movies like…