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When Marnie Was There (Yonebayashi, 2014)

A beautifully heartfelt poem emotionally conveying feelings both of loss and recovery. The film is tender; ‘sweet’ would be an apt term to describe it. How it deals with pain and therapy without being overt about mental distress or the magic of the unconscious mind is truly elegant.

87/100 – Excellent

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Alien (Scott, 1979)

Visually, for 1979, the film is quite rich. While some of the shots of the spacecraft and alien are downright laughable by today’s standards, the one major quality that they hold is a material nature. 180 more words

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Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)

An exceptionally captivating, hyper textural example of postmodern spectacle. The film forgoes narrative intention; a negation of learned concepts allows it to breathe new and communicate by purely formal means. 94 more words

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Millennium Mambo (Hsiao-Hsien, 2001)

An eerily evocative atmosphere is drawn via the contrast b/ween hyperactivity and introspection, energy & its absence. As with most HHH, the film gains power in retro-activity. 31 more words

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The Lovers on the Bridge (Les amants du Pont Neuf, Carax, 1991)

An exciting depiction of an unusual love forged during the most deranged of times. A man desperately yearns for the love of another, while a woman desperately yearns for someone whom she may depend upon. 141 more words

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The King's Speech (Hooper, 2010)

Due to its distortive tendencies, the use of very wide angle lenses make further visible the disconnection of the king and his people. By stretching the image, Hooper foregrounds a talented Colin Firth, but does so at the cost of verisimilitude. 102 more words

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Elysium (Blomkamp, 2013)

Despite its constant contradictions, both normative and ideological, and despite its generic plot, which forwards the personal while tenuously grasping the universal, Elysium remains an entertaining exercise in modern blockbuster filmmaking. 113 more words

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