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  • Taxi Driver
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • A Special Day
  • Mädchen in Uniform

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  • The Leopard

    ★★★

  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

  • Nomadland

    ★★★

  • Robin Hood

    ★★★★★

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  • Mädchen in Uniform

    Mädchen in Uniform

    ★★★★½

    I was blown away by the way this movie handles von Bernburg's character. She becomes an almost untouchable figure through her introduction by word of mouth, then when she appears first with the close-up of Wieck's beautiful face (they continue throughout the movie) and then the goodnight scene that gave me goose bumps, and every time anyone talks about her. It all builds up to a larger than life character whom I don't really even know how to describe. I…

  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    ★★★★½

    Scola begins his movie with historical footage of Hitler arriving to Italy and greeting Mussolini. Voice in the radio announces something along the lines of "this is a meeting no Italian will miss". Patriotic songs and radio broadcasts describing the event continue throughout the film, penetrating even the gray apartment walls and closed windows. We're introduced to a mother of six, Antonietta (Sophia Loren), who has to stay home during this parade despite her love of Mussolini and motherland because…

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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★

    Perhaps I shouldn't be so dismissive but I didn't care for Salina's fate at all. He has his flaws that remove some of the stigma of (mostly) serious immortalization of aristocracy on the silver screen but his self-awareness is undermined by the immense dread and melancholy that The Leopard exuberates. Also, Salina is portrayed like the vessel for truth; adamant, cunning, observative. Visconti wants to make sure that we get Salina's "superiority" over the rest of the upper class and…

  • Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the '60s in Brussels

    ★★★★½

    I need a higher quality version. Criterion, why isn't there a box set of all Akerman movies!?? Wtf are you doing?

    Akerman can be so funny. Some of her movies have this cheekiness and irony that makes it feel like the characters are a little ridiculous. I guess in Portrait this derives from their naivete and sincerity, especially Michele who pours her heart out to a stranger she just met, Paul. Akerman actualizes a part of her old self as…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★

    I went into Nomadland with reservations because I had heard people starting to complain about it. Didn't know what those problems were before the viewing but after the movie I'm reading what people don't like is the way Amazon is implemented and how this was apparently changed from a sociopolitical book to this cinema verite inspired narrative that is supposed to meditate on the choices of Fern, played by McDormand. I didn't have a problem with those aspects literally but…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    My 1000th log and approximately 250th review after 11 months on this site. The community has been such an inspiration for me in finding new movies to watch and how I perceive them. Every person I follow almost always writes something that resonates with me. I'm impressed how you find things I hadn't considered and your observations make me excited to discover new films and make this hobby last my whole life. During periods like these when I have very…