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  • L'Atalante

    L'Atalante

    ★★★★½

    As far as romantic films go, I don't subscribe as a constant fan. This film changes that for me. It's not about finding love, it's not about breakups, or Ross & Rachel relationships. It's about the brittleness of new love, the sensitivity of a relationship when introduced to the cabin fever situation of being trapped in a barge. It shows the controlling side of masculine jealousy and the ugliness that it creates and although that aspect has a lesser satisfying conclusion,…

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★½

    Cut from the pattern of sword/sorcery films, the big attraction of this film is Arnold kicking ass and punching camels. The plot is average and actually incorporates secondary characters more than I thought it would. The pacing is bad, it's slow when it shouldn't and goes too quick when it should go slow, which makes it at times uncomfortable to continue watching. Overall it's an adventure story that skips over the sequence of Conan and his progression of anger that led to his desire for revenge. It kind of just jumps from 20 years of slavery to instant revenge.

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  • Contempt

    Contempt

    ★★★★½

    It's a refreshing take on romance to watch French film. For a movie that has no blunt plot but a soft, natural, organic story that unfolds in what seems like we're in the room. It connects the viewers to universal situations where obscurity and passive aggressive hostility drives the story and develops the characters. The style is beautiful from the fashion and hair to the furniture and architecture shown. The nudity and sexuality is tasteful and attached to Camille's character. It's refreshing to watch a film that challenges what was shown in the film as Hollywood micromanagement.