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Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, 2004)

For all its emotional gestures, I felt nothing while watching this. Through its contrived plot, poor rhythm, and false sentiments, Million Dollar Baby (2004) tries to hit all of the right notes, following some kind of feel-good-yet-still-sappy Hollywood formula. 98 more words


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel, 2007)

The blink is the cut. A truly subjective experience is rendered by formal experimentation. The lens of the camera is treated as the human eye. Its capacities are limited and faulted as the human eye. 116 more words

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Garden State (Braff, 2004)

A wistful, melancholic tone is rendered by wispy camera movements, delicate music, and a wide angle lens. Though the film is well structured and shot, it doesn’t offer much more than a pandering for salvation that never truly transpires. 138 more words

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Enemy (Villeneuve, 2014)

Enemy boasts a rich atmosphere and layered compositions. A combination of selective focus, physical obstructions, blur, and fog viscerally presents the confusion and enigmatic silence that accompanies the film’s psychological and narrational tropes. 406 more words

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In The Realm of the Senses (Oshima, 1976)

On one hand, In The Realm of the Senses is sincere and quite seriously goes about expressing the psychology of sexual obsession, but on the other hand, it gives much of the same sensory experience as pornography does. 135 more words


The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellaza, Sorrentino, 2013)

The Great Beauty’s concerted effort to present dual stylistic features complements its narrative appraisal of splashes of beauty within frivolity. While I found myself more appreciative of the moments of contemplation and spiritual grace than portrayals of the eccentricities of the ‘high life’, I understand the complex relationship that Sorrentino offers, of which his stylistic nuances attest to. 188 more words