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  • Magnolia
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Shop Around the Corner

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

  • Amadeus

    ★★★★

  • Lovelace

    ★★½

  • Donkey Skin

    ★★★½

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    From Welles to Kurosawa, from color to black-and-white, from literature medium to cinema. The Shakespeare play has already been adapted repeatedly for decades in many variations of mediums that it feels like an old song sung from generation to generation. And even with the distinction of style -- both narratively and visually -- the tale of Macbeth still has the same substance about greed, disloyalty, and the cataclysm of an uncontrolled ambition.

    The Coen Bros is back -- well, at…

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    ★★★★

    (Director's Cut)

    Usually, biographical pictures about famous figures in history have a definitive structure that is the rise and fall of the subjects. Just take a look at some already renowned examples out there, like Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Sidney Lumet's Serpico, or even PTA's fictional biopic about the 70s porn industry Boogie Nights. Amadeus, uniquely, focuses its storyline only on the fall. Told in the form of flashbacks from his secret rival Antonio Salieri, Amadeus follows the…

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  • Lovelace

    Lovelace

    ★★½

    A thematically essential but artistically dead film that doesn't know how to capture the matter it articulated with more significance. Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard gave their abundantly decisive performance in the directors' hands that didn't even seize it correctly. Tragic.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

    As far as my movie-watching venture has gone, and my director exploration has progressed, Mike Mills is one of my favorite contemporary filmmakers. He has one of the most unique voice in the film medium I think, and he doesn't complicate his films and his stories, yet, he simplifies them but still fill them with so much energy of humanism and life as a whole. When I heard he's going to make a film with Joaquin Phoenix, I obviously jumped…