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  • Nocturne

    Nocturne

    I like the poster? That’s pretty much all I’ve got. It’s not that it’s absolutely terrible or anything, it’s just that all these post-Whiplash “music horrors” feel very similar and basically focus on the same idea of the cut-throat competitiveness inherent in the industry. I wish this had tried to do something different, but it didn’t.

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    Not really much to say about this except that it’s tons of fun and a pretty remarkable debut for Zemeckis. The way all the separate little stories converge at the end kind of reminded me of a typical Seinfeld episode, except instead of culminating in a joke it’s a bunch of really satisfying little emotional arcs related to The Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan. Feels pretty accurate to Beatlemania, or any sort of pop culture mania really. The way Zemeckis…

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

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

    Von Trier apparently got the idea for this film while battling depression and he definitely nails that feeling with the character of Justine. During the first half of the film, the wedding, her own wedding, the happiest day of their lives for most people, she forces out toothy grins and fakes happiness ("I smile, and I smile, and I smile") but in the end can't fake it any longer. She leaves her wedding to put her nephew to bed, to…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

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

    The manifestation of sexual repression up close. Real close. This is probably my favourite Haneke film as of right now. Just a scary, brutal, unflinching look inside the mind when it's hunting for pleasure above all else.

    Piano teacher Erika, in her forties, still lives with her overbearing mother who we see tear up any of Erika's clothes that she considers too revealing or "gaudy" as she puts it. Erika is constantly focused on her teaching, pushing her students to…