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  • Some Like It Hot

    Some Like It Hot

    ★★★★★

    Features somewhat unnecessary personal ramblings so Tldr: Many see this as everlasting comedy that hasn't lost any of its charm and the script to me is one of the most well built from the way it dances around Hays Code and loses nothing in the process to characters that could be seen as one dimensional comedy-leads but offer such incredible depth working as a passage to shed new light into how I see myself. Wilder’s direction is absolutely masterful and…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Scorsese ranked

    Martin Scorsese, what a filmmaker. Although I don’t think The Irishman (or, I Heard You Paint Houses) is quite perfect, it cements Scorsese as my favorite director. I doubt it is but this could thematically be his final product since this seems to be sort of a culmination what he has been exploring in his previous films. As other have pointed out Irishman is a film that only a director with an extensive career can make. It is…

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  • Elena

    Elena

    ★★★★

    I have to give this four stars even though this is the weakest effort from Zvyagintsev. For me that's because he doesn't fully commit to any character. He is more interested in the relations between the two social classes and their family dynamics. It has similar elements like the depressive and down beat character arcs, slow pacing with gorgeous cinematography and score that leaves an impact despite its little use (this time an excerpt from Philip Glass’ third symphony).

    The…

  • The Banishment

    The Banishment

    ★★★★½

    This hits basically every note I wanted. It brings together many of the aspects in The Return but expands the baseline and loses some of the mysterious symbolism. Not that there isn’t any but I think this is more basic storytelling with some structural flair and ambiguity in the characters rather than themes (at least I think, you can’t be sure with this guy after one viewing. Edit: after reading just few reviews there seems to be a ton of…

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★

    The man in red cap fled across the desert, and his past followed.

    Paris, Texas is a film about family values, facing your actions, loss and letting go as well as the most powerful of emotions, love. Travis loves Jane so much it becomes a burden, detrimental to them. His affection turns into jealousy, obsession and he starts becoming abusive. Tenderness turns into nightmare as one of them feels trapped - dreaming of escape and letting go of everything. What…

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★

    This is quite middle of the pack for me but I have to say that it does give a spark to your driving afterwards. The dynamic between Miles and Shelby is the foundation and thankfully it’s so colorful and sweet. Their personalities are depicted with honesty and it’s full of hilarious moments. Christian Bale is an absolute treasure and Matt Damon had few good scenes by himself as well.

    The ordinary guy bent over by rules and big companies plot…