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  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    Those films you know will resonate with you, will connect with you in some way—a way that is ambiguous but certain. Doesn’t have to be film; sometimes a glance at a scenery can find you imagining where your home would be, or a handshake with a person can find you picturing a home for your love.

    The first scenes of Days of Heaven forged a bond, the first notes of its score clearly a theme for much more than what’s…

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★½

    This is a genuine, bonafide, full-blooded slice of life. A week-long, insightful slice.

    Anecdote time: One of my nicknames in high school was simply "Norman," because it sounded like "normal." The peer who dubbed me so (who's now a good friend) tagged the name on me because he noted how I was always observed as a plain regular Joe with a rather vanilla, ordinary personality.

    Paterson, as noted, is a week in the life of a guy named Paterson, who…

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  • The Vagabond King

    The Vagabond King

    ★★★½

    "Aye, sire: you will be pleased to learn how unpopular you are..."

    I do not like musicals but I liked this. Each song had a lot of power to it. It's a little damp with in melodrama but this is definitely where Mankiewicz's campiness was most purposeful. Familiarizing myself with more of his screenplays has been a great venture.

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    "And you may find yourself
    living in a shotgun shack
    And you may find yourself
    in another part of the world...
    with a beautiful wife
    And you may ask yourself,
    'Well, how did I get here?'

    Letting the days go by, letting the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground"

    (I actually took this movie seriously, but couldn't resist that parallel)

    Niki Jumpei is an entomologist whose dwelling in the desert inadvertently sees him living…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Desamber, anyone?

    This is one of the best rewatches I've ever had. The same thing happened with On the Waterfront where it's always been a movie I *liked* but an open-minded, fresh revisit reveals just how special it is. With a reputation as gargantuan as Seven Samurai's, it's understandable to approach it with a lot of appreciation rather than genuine affection for the movie. While it definitely deserves this appreciation, watching it again filled me with something other than impersonal…

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★½

    The more I think about this movie the more I realize the possibility many teenagers heard “we accept the love we think we deserve” and forgot the rest of the movie is g’arbáge