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  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★

    At times it is hard to= not feel that Kiarostami is not lecturing you; especially as the long philosophical bouts of the morals of suicide come from barely fleshed characters, making them function primarily as vehicles for Kiarostami's words. However, there is spots of master film making, including symbolism and meta-ness, that help me believe in the resilience of life.

  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★½

    I went into this doc very worried they were going to idolize someone that I find literally dangerous in idolizing, but instead it offered pretty open-ended approach in the audience ability to analyze Alex Honnold. However, I wish the filmmakers and the personalities in the film were able to engage with this challenge and life choice on a grander philosophical level, but that desire or ability does not seem to really within the personality of players involved.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Short-as-possible synopsis: A boy grows up

    Thoughts about Boyhood:
    - The gimmick is what sells the movie, and that makes sense because it’s a great gimmick, but in the wrong hands this story telling technique could not be as effective. Linklater is able to use the maturing of the actor Ellar Coltrane to give a perfectly real-life portrait of the little passing moments of life that have an impact on who we grow into.

    - The aging of the actors…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

    Days of Future Past has great fun action pieces connected by a lot of persuading. The film is very exciting and visually thrilling, and the story makes as much sense as a time travel movie containing eight thousand mutants can be. I just wish there was a better way to keep moving the story along rather than wordy convincing speeches. This movie is as much about the power of words as it is the powers of evolution.