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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★½

    As a modern viewer, Seven Samurai is quite a jarring film experience, and not because it's in black and white, Japanese, or lasts three and a half hours. Well. Not just because of that. The movie stands out because of how Kurosawa writes and directs one of the key aspects in any action movie - the violence.

    Modern Hollywood does not shy away from blood and brutality, even though many action franchises now play by the rules of action figures,…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    I had already watched this film when it came out, without forming much of an impression, either positive or negative. I do have to say that the trailer is fantastic and has stuck with me more than the actual film. Anyhow, I was home with my grandma as my parents had gone out and decided to watch something with her. She loves rom coms and dramas, so Marriage Story seemed like a pretty natural fit. And sure enough, she loved…

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★

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

    Watching the chase in downtown LA, one realizes that Heat is a movie meant to be seen in the biggest screen possible. The scene is so enveloping though, that even in an Apple watch, one might find it impossible to look away from the screen. Any notion of time evaporates, as the viewer is lifted into an alternate world, where God has a name, and that name is Michael Mann. The scene begins slow, with the parallel cutting of the…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    " What about the Great Victory?"

    "My martyrdom"

    " And your release?"

    "My death"