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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

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

    I used to believe that if one didn't have a favorite film, they were cowardly about their opinions on film and couldn't state their opinion. I have a pseudo-brother who raves about The Lion King, but he wouldn't say that it was his favorite movie, despite it being practically the only movie he would rave about without prompt.

    During this time, I would debate with myself about what my favorite movie was. I had a night where I watched Magnolia

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

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

    People say that a perfect movie does not exist. They say that, because there will always be some flaw that can be perceived, because there can be continuity errors, because the movie will not please everyone, no perfect movie exists. While I agree that all those things are true for every movie, I believe that, like everything else in art, perfection is completely subjective. A perfect movie is one where nothing at all in the film bothers the viewer, individually…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    "...Did you just throw my cat out the window?"

    STORY 5/5
    WRITING 5/5
    ACTING 5/5
    MUSIC 5/5
    CINEMATOGRAPHY 5/5

    Wes Anderson still has a perfect track record. This did not disappoint in the slightest. It exceeded all my expectations. Seriously. Wow.
    My gosh.
    WOW.
    Dem aspect ratios, man. Dat lighting. Dat awesomeness.
    Dat quirkiness.
    Dat beauty.
    The story is easily Wes Anderson's darkest, most violent, and probably the film with the most moving parts. Tons of characters with great development.…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    STORY 5/5
    WRITING 4.5/5
    ACTING 4.5/5
    MUSIC 5/5
    CINEMATOGRAPHY 5/5

    David Fincher has held a fairly consistent track record of making first-rate films, that are both mentally and visually astonishing. He also seems to absolutely love throwing twists into his movies (see Fight Club, Seven, The Game, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). And this film is no exception. Oh, and if you think that saying that there's a twist in a movie totally ruins the twist... first of all,…