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  • Le Silence de la Mer

    Le Silence de la Mer

    ★★★★

    There's a resentment toward Howard Vernon's von Ebrennac that for obvious reasons never leaves but our sympathies switch toward him as his affection for French culture and his politeness toward his hosts shine through in his manners and unanswered speeches. He is an idealist who truly believes what he is doing is for the good of Europe and for the benefit of Germany and France. Some would say this is an admirable goal. It could be if you didn't consider…

  • I Want to Live!

    I Want to Live!

    ★★★★½

    In I Want to Live! Robert Wise tells a story of Barbara Graham, a woman who’s sentenced to death for murder along with two other members of her “gang”. The movie advertises itself as a true story, however, a lot of it was fictionalized, especially whether Barbara committed this crime or not. As I write this review I’m only focused on the aspects presented by the movie and nothing takes stand on the real life case.

    Despite the grim subject…

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  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★

    Balthazar is the perfect character for Bresson. It allows him to project almost anything to this character and enables us to understand the world according to Bresson and better yet ourselves. This is a cryptic film in many ways but to me one of the big ideas is loss of innocence and romanticism of childhood that switches to cruelty and passivity. We are dreaming as a child. Well, we’re dreaming for most of our lives for something better but as…

  • Bob le Flambeur

    Bob le Flambeur

    ★★★★

    My Melville box arrived!

    Bob le Flambeur is a direct precursor to the New Wave vibe. We see our main character Bob the gambler played by Roger Duchesne (who was also a gambler and got himself into a lot of troubles during the war and afterwards) roam the streets of Paris while a rambunctious score blares in the background. Decae's cinematography is essential aspect to appreciating this film because otherwise it would be a quite traditional "retired gangster returns" flick.…

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  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★½

    The Assistant is built quite similarly to Never Rarely Sometimes Always except the soothing falling-asleep-shot is interrupted by a realization that tomorrow is another day. As we follow the day of Jane (wonderful Julia Garner) who works as an assistant to an executive we become increasingly aware of her own difficulties as well as the abuse toward other women visiting the office trying to find a way to the industry.

    Jane has no other option but to continue her work.…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★½

    I enjoy religious films. Not because I’m religious myself (I recently resigned from church) but because of spirituality. To me spirituality means deeper connection with myself through self-exploration and intimacy. I tend to not make a big deal out of it in real life (here it’s easier to write about but not extensively) but it comes out once in a while, especially during tough times. When I have stress or I feel down I turn inwards and ask questions from…