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  • Manhattan

    Manhattan

    ★★★½

    I have grown to appreciate the love Woody Allen has for New York and how unabashedly he shows this in all of his works. He captures the pace of the city with his witty and bullet fire dialogue. You also gotta love the recurring theme of babbling New Yorkers discussing art and unfairly getting away with saying nonsense.

    Although the stories he produces are very personal to his own life, he has a keen eye for producing what will draw in…

  • 8½

    ★★★

    I find it selfish for a director to make his movies so deeply personal and trying to give it a creative perspective; it has for effect alienating the audience since any points they might have related to, just seem out of place because they’re so heavily poeticized that the development is hard to follow. I question if watching the movie a second time over will give me a better understanding. 

    In any case, the confusion is offset by the dialogue,…

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★½

    The scenery is so picturesque you forget this is a three hour movie. While the plot is slow moving, everything about this movie is deliberate, from the intentional framing of each shot, to the subtle movements and facial expressions that have you anticipating what a character will do, to the delivery of such minimal dialogue. The beauty of western films and Sergio Leone’s directing is that there is no need for plot twists, you’re enabled to appreciate the plot at…

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★

    For the first hour and a half of this movie, you’re in a trance; the monotone narration, play on lighting, the tired expressions and somber eyes of the characters, coupled with the dark comedy, have you fixated on the screen with nothing disturbing your attention. 

    The last half hour is spent questioning your own sanity, the trance is broken and replaced with pure distress.