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  • Marty

    Marty

    ★★★★★

    An all-time favorite film.
    Being it was made in the mid 1950s, there could've been color and CinemaScope or VistaVision, but none of that was necessary, it's a terrific story about real feelings and life. It's totally impossible not to fall in love with this movie. One of the most enjoyable films ever. Love how wholesome yet realistic the central dynamic is. Marty (and Clara for that matter) is someone you root for because the film really earns it, not…

  • The Home and the World

    The Home and the World

    ★★★

    The greatest strength of Rabindra Nath Tagore's Ghare Baire was its plot. The biggest weakness of Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire is the execution of that same plot. Soumendu Roy's camera seems too lazy to do anything other than staying on the face of the characters delivering their lines, there’s hardly any emoting, and wherever there is any, it tries to overcompensate, leading to disastrous results.
    It is painful to see frequent Ray collaborator Soumitra Chatterjee struggling to grasp the character…

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    My face is beaming. I'm cock-a-hoop at watching Minari THIS early, because I've been anxious as hell and just wanted to watch Minari as soon as possible, and this is one of the best films I’ve seen this year that’s in the top four for me. From the opening moments, I knew I was in for a special movie. Director Lee Isaac Chung is hands down a major talent to keep your eyes on. How he tells this story feels…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★½

    This is the type of expensive and pathetic mess that should end a director's career. If this is what our society deems as "great" then I don't want to be a part of it. Why didn’t anyone wish for a shorter runtime?

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