Vince The Cinephile

Vince The Cinephile

Favorite films

  • Carol
  • Parasite
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Breaking the Waves

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  • Memory

    ★★½

  • Afire

    ★★★½

  • About Dry Grasses

    ★★★½

  • The Iron Claw

    ★★★

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  • The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    ★★★★½

    Kitchen as love cathedral. Food as life's sustenance. Tran Anh Hung's sensational film centers on middle-aged love, and it completely defies any expectations of such romance. It's sensuous and romantic while being unassuming with its proceedings. It's gentle and patient. While it's also good to point out the exceptionally made cooking sequences, that made me drool all the way. Former lovers Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel both are a marvel. Had an electrifying chemistry from the start, and they've been here so they know. But Binoche is glowing like no other. That performance is amazing.

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    Jonathan Glazer approaches the horrors of Holocaust in his own unique way in The Zone of Interest. There's so much to be said about the "banality of evil," but the film is beyond the notion. What's striking to me is that it rejects any expectation to the conventions we're already know about Holocaust movies and actually cinematic storytelling. Glazer uses aural elements to further convey the visual language he wants. It creates dissonance, and extremely chilling effect to the viewer. Shout out to Johnnie Burn and Mica Levi for assisting that.

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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In the hands of an average filmmaker, this particular story of a prostitute desperately seeking true love could be a downright sentimental mess. But this work of Italian master Federico Fellini is a testament how a great director can turn this problematic story into an unforgettable film. Nights of Cabiria relies 101% on the strength of its tiny-footed, but giant-hearted leading lady Giulietta Masina. In this, Masina embodies Cabiria in all of her glory. She’s a woman of contradictions. She…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…