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  • There Will Be Blood
  • Blade Runner
  • Heat
  • Paris, Texas

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  • Dead Man Walking

    ★★★

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★

  • The Sandlot

    ★★½

  • Antwone Fisher

    ★★★

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  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    Hours after watching and I'm still astonished as to how Kiarostami weaved real life and reconstruction so perfectly. It's empathetic to the core, with ideas of art, deceit, self worth and ambition presented with tender intimacy. 98 minutes of magic; a treasure of cinema.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    It's mind-boggling to even think how someone goes about orchestrating something like this. Tati pretty much ingests 50 years of filmmaking and creates a mosaic of expertly controlled chaos. Each shot is filled to the brim with gags, details and mini-adventures that I know for sure have missed on my first time around. I would say it's overwhelming, but its the best form of overwhelming, because you, the viewer, do the "editing" with your own eyes. You choose what to…

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  • Dead Man Walking

    Dead Man Walking

    ★★★

    The real-life story of this lends itself to some very interesting questions from the get-go. Our main character is thrown straight into the deep end. She goes against the status quo. The monster opens up to her about the ghastly details. So many moral quandaries are laid bare for us to dig into but Robbins just doesn't have the conviction to delve further into the mess. It does a good job of stating the realities, but never really explores the…

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★

    Falls into genre trappings, but is ultimately decently presented. Stiles was perfect casting and the chemistry between the school cast was great. The English teacher was the goat though.

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    A trilogy of vignettes that place women face to face with ideas of fate, chance and love. So deceptively simple in its approach and yet leaves us with just enough to have a lasting impact. Anthology films are tricky to pull off because some stories feel thematic and atmospherically distant from each other, but Hamaguchi directs these stories with such consistency and grace that it feels like a cohesive whole. Aside for some amateurish camera work, it doesn't detract from the core philosophy Hamaguchi weaves in his writing; everyday occurrences become fantasies in someone's eyes. Lovely stuff.

  • Tears of the Sun

    Tears of the Sun

    ★★★★

    There were obvious editing and writing flaws, but that didn't stop me from getting fully invested in the atmosphere. Pretty solid Hans Zimmer soundtrack too. I think I stumbled upon an underrated gem here.