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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    I love watching movies for the second time. There is like this freeness to it. You already know what's going to happen, you don't have to figure out what is important, you can just let yourself get swept up in the film with no pressure or worries. This is the perfect movie to watch for a second time.

  • Dekalog

    Dekalog

    ★★★★½

    From the start of watching Kieslowski's Dekalog series, I was set in doing a full review of the series, rather than of individual episodes. Now that I have finished the series, the task of an overall summary seems quite daunting.

    To briefly summarize, Dekalog is a Polish television series, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski that tells 10 stories within an apartment complex. Each of these stories connects to one of the 10 commandments, or in some cases, liberal interpretations of a…

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  • Ratatoing

    Ratatoing

    ½

    They knew they had some heat with that suit up scene and had to run it back 3 times

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    ★★★★

    Had to watch this for a class, the topic specifically being cinematography and European art cinema, but I ended up getting a lesson from Marion Cotillard on how to absolutely dominate the screen.

    The movie, smartly, rarely shifts it's focus from it's lead actress as we are placed in the shoes of a situation that would most likely cause my brain to erupt from social stress overload. We get to see every set back, every triumph, every feat of courage,…

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    Was it a little cheesy, yes. Was it a little overdramatic, definitely. Was the editing a little distracting, yeah.

    Was I engaged and entertained the whole time, you bet.

    The Trail of the Chicago 7 is a very "movie" movie and a crowd pleaser but it never really claims to be anything different. With a screenplay that fires on all cylinders and strong performances all around it is definitely the most gripping and engaging film of the year.

  • Mon Oncle

    Mon Oncle

    ★★★½

    While maybe not as grand in scale as the astonishing Playtime, Mon Oncle certainly solidifies Jaques Tati as a definitive visual director in my opinion.

    With his blend of Chaplin style gags and almost certainly a precursor to Wes Anderson style set design. Tati makes his films the embodiment of light yet painstakingly detailed comedies.