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  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • The Abyss
  • Emma.

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  • The Cremator

    ★★★

  • In Bruges

    ★★★★

  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

  • Avatar

    ★★★★

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★

    As of before watching this, I had seen three Akira Kurosawa films, which I sort of enjoyed, but which to me weren't indicative of one of the greatest directors of all time. However, lately I've found films of other great directors I didn't appreciate earlier that I've fallen in love with, so the enthusiasm to not give up on Kurosawa yet rekindled. I figured it was about time I didn't just try my hand again at one of his shorter…

  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    ★★★

    1989 saw revolutionary waves that resulted in the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the Cold War, and the existence of the Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe; a.k.a. the Fall of Communism. 1989 also saw the 14th Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual, and back then also political, leader of Tibet, win the Nobel Peace Prize. Two events that precipitated renewed, growing Western interest in the cultural-political plight of Tibet, which eight years later culminated in…

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  • The Cremator

    The Cremator

    ★★★

    100-word review: Little horror of the gruesome kind to be found in this illustrious example of Czechoslovak New Wave, but plenty of the kind that's scary by virtue of witnessing a horrible descend into madness. Kopfrkingl as a representation of Nazi propaganda and it's brainwashing effect is eminent; proudly professing his love for his wife and his abstinences, while drinking and visiting prostitutes. The final scenes are most chilling, especially Kopfrkingl's enthusiasm for the idea of gas chambers to "liberate"…

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★

    100-word review: Featuring one of the ugliest dogs in cinematic history (that briefly glanced black one on the bench, wtf), Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges constitutes a brilliant black comedy, similar in tone and style (Coen-esque I’d say) as award-winning Three Billboards, but even better. It’s the sort of film that first makes me laugh, and then makes me feel bad for laughing (it hits hard sometimes). It’s got great characters, great turns, and a great way of bringing central themes together in the end; I love how the final scene takes place amongst those actors dressed up as creatures from Hieronymus Bosch‘s Final Judgement.

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  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★

    100-word review: Watched it in 3D, on the big theatre screen — as it was meant to be watched — for the first time, and wow does it make a difference indeed! Does Cameron's Avatar suffer from classical white saviour syndrome? Yes. A bunch, and blatantly. Especially towards the third act this really starts to unnerve me. But gosh, this is probably the best use of special effects since The Lord of the Rings' Gollum, and some of the best since still. Streaming it at home, this is a tough three stars at best, but in this form, it's simply to spectacular to ignore.

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    100-word review: Insurance representative Walter partakes in the seductive Phyllis' plot to murder her husband in an insurance fraud scheme. This is how you pull off the protagonist's narrated retrospect storytelling device. A perfect suspenseful discrepancy between present-day Walter, and Walter at the beginning of the retrospect. Walter's character is good. Phyllis' character is good. Put the two together, and they're amazing. Their chemistry must be one of the best in movie history, chiefly because it's not simply a linear rise in romance or intensity, but a rollercoaster ride of fluctuating levels of interest, trust, and passion. Always dynamic, continuously shifting.