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  • Shin Godzilla
  • Baby Driver
  • Akira
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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  • The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★★

  • Black Girl

    ★★★★

  • Moonlight

    ★★★★½

  • Vertigo

    ★★★★½

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  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    Chances are, most people have not seen a film that presents its narrative in the way that Le Fantôme de la Liberté does. Succinctly, the film is presented through a number of vignettes that are connected usually when one character moves from one setting to another and meets another character; the story then moves forward with this new character until they meet another, and so on. This structure, for lack of a better term, would be jarring enough for most…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★

    La Noire de by Sembène explores ideas like power imbalances, involuntary servitude, and exploitation in a unique way that maximizes emotional impact in just under an hour. Many films’ stories are told through the perspective of a single character, moving the plot along as the character interacts with others and reacts to their surroundings, but La Noire de is different in that most information about the character is given through narration. Up until the later parts of the film, the…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★½

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

    It’s easy to see why even decades after its release, film enthusiasts still marvel at Hitchcock’s Vertigo for it’s arrangement of mise-en-scène, as well as the film’s cinematography and camera techniques: the most famous of which being the dolly zoom, which was popularized in Vertigo and has been seen in numerous influential movies since its release. One aspect of Vertigo that I found most interesting was Hitchcock’s creative use of color, specifically green, to connect and identify Madeleine and Judy,…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    In an interview, director Barry Jenkins said about the making of Moonlight, “we wanted to make a very immersive film, so there’s certain times where we’re taking the camera and rather than allowing the audience to remain outside the film, we place the camera between actors; we want to make the audience an active participant.” This element of filmmaking is never absent throughout Moonlight’s nearly two hour runtime. I have never seen a film that has made me feel more…