Movies

Explanation of how I choose my ratings
  • 5★: Instant classic. Would go out of my way to recommend it to others.
  • 4★: Instant classic but only for some.
  • 3★: Enjoyed it once, maybe a second?
  • 2★: Felt neutral the first time, would not want a second
  • 1★: If this was all I had on a airplane I would stare at the ceiling.
  • Gave Up: Abandoned ship. Unbearable.
Current Average Rating: 2.69/5 Rating Chart
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2024

15 movies
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dare to Live

Jean-Marc Vallée

★★★

An interesting plot that was well portrayed by Matthew Mcconaughey and Jared Leto. It was a decent character portrait but there wasn't much to the movie besides the plot.

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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Ang Lee

★★★★½

The opening of this movie is a 5 minute scene with no dialogue of the father making an absolutely luxurious dinner for this 3 children that want nothing to do with attending this dinner. It really sets the tone for the movie. It is funny. Has great characters and some of the best shot of cooking in any movie I have seen. I wish it had a bit less Disney of an ending.

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Somewhere (2010)

Sophia Coppla

★★★½

I loved the tone of the movie. It just created this sense of apathy and depression in the main character despite having basically everything he wants. It certainly doesn't make me see pity for the rich but it did make me feel pity for Johnny Macro.

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Ugetsu (1953)

Kenji Mizoguchi

½

Only thing I found redeeming about this one is that it was pretty short. It was kind of interesting as it felt more like a theater play than a movie but the themes were super basic and you could see the ending from a mile away.

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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

Bille August

★★★★½

Amazing movie but a very hard watch. The child actor is the movie is phenomenal, frankly, all the actors are great. All the characters are incredibly flawed and human and watching them navigate being indentured servant on a farm in a foreign country is just heartbreaking at times.

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Decision to Leave (2022)

Park Chan-wook

★★★

I found the plot to be pretty interesting. Both conceptually and visually a lot of the shots were super enjoyable. I enjoyed the way that the imagination of the lead character was portrayed. I was also heavily distracted by some of the outdoor sets, they felt very fake. The acting by felt pretty weak. Can't say I was a big fan of a Korean actress playing a Chinese immigrant to Korea, it felt like her mannerisms were very Korean.

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Everything Was Fine Yesterday.

Isao Takahata

½

The remaster of this movie was gorgeous. That said I don't have the historical knowledge to understand the underlying themes of the movie. I also did not really feel much realism in either of the child characters or in the relationship between them. The movie felt like a purposeful tearjerker.

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Dark Waters (2019)

Todd Haynes

★★½

I feel like every character that Mark Ruffalo plays ends up feeling very similar. This was a solid story. That's all it really had going for it. Bill Camp really stole the show as Wilbur Tenant.

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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Jee-woon Kim

★★★

I enjoyed this movie a lot visually. The house was very pretty. There were lots of varying visual designs. The plot reveal was also pretty well done. That said, the acting overall was forgetable.

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The Babadook (2014)

Don't let it in.

Jennifer Kent

½

Only reason I finished this was there was only 25 minutes left when I was going stop watching. The "plot twist" was actually solid but the buildup felt poorly acted and just annoying. I also cannot express how bad of an idea the popup picture book with text to read is in a film medium.

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The Square (2017)

Ruben Östlund

★★★½

There are some scenes in this movie that are 5/5. Great acting and visuals. However, the whole thing feels disjointed. I feel like it would have been better to somehow split the parts up and really focus on them individually instead of trying to make it work as a whole.

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Boogie Nights (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson

Found family movie about porn stars in California. Only reason the score is not lower is that I could not tell if the acting was intentionally bad to mimic porno acting. But the acting was horrid.

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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

Everything Was Fine Yesterday.

Martin McDonagh

★★★★½

An absolutely gorgeous movie. Lots of wide shots of nature. Every single character is enjoyable and well acted. It's a great mix of comedy and thought-provoking reflection. I really disliked In Bruges but Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were so much better here.

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The Elephant Man (1980)

David Lynch

Gave Up

This is probably the first time I've been disappointed in Anthony Hopkins. The entire film felt super predictable, very slow and generally a letdown. Lots of wide mouth staring at the camera. It felt like the entire reason behind making it black and white was just to make the costumes work better.

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Black Swan (2010)

Darren Aronofsky

Gave Up

This movie managed to tick every box in terms of body horror that I dislike: needles, nails stuff, skin peeling. Maybe there was something good about it but I just had to look away from the screen too much. I also did not think Natalie Portman fit the role of young innocent ballerina at all. I found Mila Kunis distracting: I could only see Mila Kunis not the ballerina she was meant to be playing.

2023

31 movies
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Breathless (1960)

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard's first feature length film and the beginning of the French New Wave. The movie has some successful scenes, in my opinion, they are primarily the slower more personal ones. I probably don't have enough background to understand the new cinematographic techniques used in the movie. The characters and much of the dialogue aged very poorly.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

An Epic Drama of Adventure and Exploration

Stanely Kubrick

★★★½

A lot of the movie feels very cliche however, given its age, I'm willing to guess that 2001 was probably the originator of the cliches. The soundtrack and practical effects in the movie are terrific. The pacing is a bit odd at times. And the movie itself is confusing. I would struggle to recommend this movie, but at the same time I definitely would want to rewatch it.

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Spotlight (2015)

Break the Story. Break the Silence.

Tom McCarthy

★★½

A movie about the Boston globe investigation into church molestations. Overall a very straightforward movie but it was filmed and acted well. I enjoyed the whole thing. Unfortunately, I think I was looking for a movie more about the church molestations and maybe how they were covered up. This movie was all about the investigation itself. I think that's somewhat took away from it for me.

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The Thing (1982)

The Ultimate in Alien Terror

John Carpenter

★½

It wasn't a terrible movie but it certainly wasn't a classic either. Some of the practical effects were solid and the movie did a good job building tension at times. Unfortunately, there were a ton of plot holes, poor effects and pacing issues that make it hard for me to recommend the movie.

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Ken Loach

★★★½

This movie is very real and pretty tough emotionally to get through. It's about an old man and a young single mother who are very poor and are trying to get by at the hands of the UK government. The movie doesn't pull any punches. It shows just how many regulations serve to grind down people who are just trying their best.

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Anatomy of a Fall (2023)

Justine Triet

★★★★

Very enjoyable and well-acted movie. While it is a mystery crime drama, I think the exploration of the lead actress and the family dynamics is the most interesting part of the movie. Sandra huller was phenomenal in this movie. I also really enjoyed the sound design and music.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

Tom Stoppard

★★★½

This movie is about two characters from Hamlet. Frankly, at this point I barely remember Hamlet. However, the acting of Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfus was enough for me to enjoy the movie. I am unsure if the movie form gains anything over it being a play but I am unlikely to see a play so I enjoyed the movie.

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The Witch (2015)

Evil Takes Many Forms.

Robert Eggers

The movie had some very strong moments. But overall it was a huge disappointment. I found nothing scary about the movie and the only reason I finished it was because the reviews had me waiting for something more. I wonder if the dialogue was actually accurate to the time period. I also found the Christian themes of the movie to be lost on me.

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The Truman Show (1998)

On the Air, Unaware

Peter Weir

★★½

A fairly light-hearted but still enjoyable movie. The role of Truman was absolutely perfect for Jim Carrey given how wacky he is.

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Broker (2022)

Hirozaku Koreeda

★★★★

A super colorful and visually pleasing movie. It is the story of a very unlikely family coming together. The characters are dynamic and enjoyable. I felt like a few parts of the movie were a bit unclear to me, but it does not detract much.

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The Insider (1999)

Two Men Driven to Tell the Truth... Whatever the Cost.

Michael Mann

★★★½

This was a pretty long movie but it managed to hold my attention pretty much the entire time. Both Al Pacino and Russell Crowe are great in it. It does a pretty good job showing the villainy of the tobacco industry. I kind of wish the tobacco companies featured a bit more directly, but at the same time I can understand that that might have been a directorial choice. I also wish there was a bit more epilogue to the movie. Since it is a good bit historical, I would have liked to know whether this whistle-blowing actually had an effect.

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The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson

★★★★

The Master is an incredibly character driven story of two men, a navy veteran and a leader of a cult. The movie is about their journey as they try to reconcile their longing to be more similar to the other in contrast to their natures. The movie is slow and beautifully shot. Joaquin Phoenix is incredible with how much he manages to convey using solely his posture and expressions.

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The Exorcist (1973)

William Friedkin

While some scenes in the movie are certainly gruesome and disturbing, I find it hard to call The Exorcist a scary movie. The movie suffers from providing too much background information and focusing too much on the buildup of various characters. It creates more questions that it answers and the overall ending feels unsatisfying.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1977)

Luis Buñuel

★★★

A group of rich friends attempt to have a dinner party while ignoring the increasingly bizarre mishaps occuring around them. Bizarre is probably the best way to describe this movie. It was funny and captivating but very hard to follow. The movies confusing structure makes it very hard to understand on first watch but it definitely warrants a rewatch.

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021)

Radu Jude

★★★★

Warning this movie is very explicit, it literally starts with a home sex video. The consequences of the video leaking are the general plot of the movie. However, the movie is very much more of a biopic about Romania. It is abstract, nerve-wracking at times but very enjoyable. It is a good movie but I find it hard to recommend.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

They were given 2 weeks. It lasted 6 days.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Gave Up

Conceptually the film seemed up my alley. A dark look at human nature. Somehow the movie just failed to hold my attention. I felt for the characters but the emotions of thier situation did not feel conveyed to me. Felt like too much teeling and too little showing.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Jacques Demy

Incredibly pretty film. I enjoyed the tragic romanance. The singing was very poor. Almost no tonal variation, was the weakest part of a movie that is a musical.

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The French Connection (1971)

Doyle is bad news - but a good cop.

William Friedkin

★★★½

Very dynamic action packed movie. Very little dialogue that makes it hard to follow at times but feels rewarding to understand.

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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

Emir Kusturica

★★

First of all this movie is no way a comedy. It is a very matter of fact take on a pretty bleak story in post WWII Yugoslavia. Unfortunately the quality of the movie recording was so poor I could hardly see some scenes. I also lacked but historical context to understand events in the movie. I would give this one another shot with a better quality recording.

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In the Name of the Father (1993)

Falsely accused. Wrongly imprisoned. He fought for justice to clear his father's name.

Jim Sheridan

★★★½

Phenomenal acting from both leads. Intersting story based on real events. Some of the creative liberties feel unnessecary and cheapen the movie after learning about them.

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The French Dispatch (2021)

Wes Anderson

★★½

Very creative and pretty presentation of essentially a magazine in movie form. The movie had some gorgeous shots but it felt experimental to me with uneven quality.

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Zodiac (2007)

There is more than one way to lose your life to a killer.

David Fincher

★★★★

Enjoyable plot-driven movie about the Zodiac killer. Well acted. **Incredibly** well shot, the way the director manages to create tension in the scenes without the need for dialogue is amazing. Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome as always.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

Edward Berger

★★★

Interesting character perspective on WWI. The volume of combat action lessened the impact of what should have been a character driven movie. Having read other Remarque books the plot arc felt very predicatable.

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Peppermint Candy (1999)

Lee Chang-dong

★★★

A retrospective on modern Korean history showing the many ways the country failed their youth surrounding the Gwangju massacare of the 1980s.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)

They have a plan, but not a clue.

Joel and Ethan Coen

★★★★

Great music, fun characters and a lighthearted but gripping story.

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Glass Onion (2022)

Rian Johnson

★½

A real letdown after the first movie. It felt like the movie was trying to be too relevant to current events. The satire in it just ended up much worse.

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Blow-Up (1966)

Michelangelo Antonioni

Gave Up

The movie was slow, the characters were not compelling and frankly the main character made me pretty uncomfortable.

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Harakiri (1962)

There are two sides to every blade...

Masaki Kobayashi

★★★½

Enjoyable story, great camera work. A very accesible introduction to Japanese cinema.

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Joint Security Area (2000)

Park Chan-Wook

★★½

Outside the 4 soldiers that depict a possible North/South friendship the acting is terrible and ruins the movie.

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The Fly (1986)

Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.

David Cronenburg

★★★★½

Incredible practical effects that gross me out even now. Great mix of science fiction and body horror.

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The Dark Crystal (1982)

Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Gave Up

Did not age well.

2022

38 movies
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!

Wolfgang Petersen

A few interesting character designs and practical effects aside the movie has no redeeming features.

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The Kings Speech (2010)

When God couldn't save The King, The Queen turned to someone who could.

Tom Hooper

★★★★

Enjoyable character driven movie.

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Gattaca (1997)

There is on gene for human spirit.

Andrew Niccol

★★★★

Sience fiction movie that aged very well. A heartwarming tale of a human prevailing over all odds with a good twist at the end.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

In This House... If You've Seen One Ghost... You Haven't Seen Them All.

Tim Burton

★★½

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The VelociPastor (2018)

A Man of the Claw

Greg Cohan

½

An attempt at a low budget culty 'The Room' esque movie but misses the mark. The attempts at satire are too blatant but it is short enough to finish.

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Legally Blonde (2001)

Boldly going where no blonde has gone.

Robert Luketic

½

Neither Interesting nor clever nor funny.

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Zootopia (2016)

Welcome to the urban jungle.

Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

★½

Pretty generic characters with a few redeeming jokes. Music sucked.

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Fargo (1996)

A homespun murder story.

Joel and Ethan Coen

★★★★★

Terrific blend of humor and drama. One of the best from the Coen brothers.

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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

Peter Jackson

★★★★½

The movie is exclusively colorized WWI footage with voice overs from WWI veternas being interviewed. It is a super different and unique perspective on the war that everyone should watch.

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

Kenny Ortega

★½

Conceptually a lot of the jokes aged well but most needed to be cut shorter. Overall, the movie could have been 20% shorter.

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Class Action Park (2020)

Seth Porges, Chris Charles Scott III

★★★½

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The Road (2009)

In a moment the world changed forever.

John Hillcoat

Gave Up

I could not bring myself to care about any of the characters or believe in the setting. The flashbacks were terrible as well.

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Awakenings (1990)

There is no such things as a simple miracle.

Penny Marshall

★★★★

Movie based on a true story with greats performances from Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. Nevertheless, somehow it is just not that memorable of a movie.

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

You can kill a revolutionary but you can't kill the revolution.

Shaka King

★½

Movie based on the story of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, while the plot is fairly gripping the acting is very weak at times. LaKieth Stanfield was frankly terrible.

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Knives Out (2019)

Everyone has a motive. No one has a clue.

Rian Johnson

★★★½

Very fun movie. Good mix of mystery and comedy. Plays into some modern stereotypes without being cringy.

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Labyrinth (1986)

Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.

Jim Henson

★★

Fun movie with plenty of enjoyable characters, unfortunately many scenes simply drag out too long.

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1917 (2019)

Time is the enemy.

Sam Mendes

★½

Forgetable acting and characters. There were several gorgeous and epic scenes but the majority of the movie is a very generic war film.

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Times like these call for a Big Lebowski.

Joel and Ethan Coen

★★★★

Another fun movie from the Coen brothers with many enjoyable scenes and characters. Unfortunately, it did not have quite the same emotional impacts as many of thier other pictures.

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Girl in the Picture (2022)

Her identity was a mystery to everyone. Even her.

Skye Borgman

½

While the story was incredibly tragic, the documentary was a terrible. There was simply not an hours worth of content here. I watched this on 1.5 speed and it still felt slow.

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Life is a Miracle (2004)

Emir Kusturica

★★★★★

Amazing sound track. The movie is a touching love story in the midst of war told in a mix of comedy, absurdity and tragedy that only Kusturica could manage.

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Princess Mononoke (1997)

Hayao Miyazaki

★★★½

Another great Ghilbi movie. The movie depicts many consequences of human greed and has very enjoyable characters.

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Titane (2021)

Julia Ducournau

★★½

Really not sure what to make of this one. It is very much an arthouse film and some of the elements are hard to watch. Neverthelss, the acting and the developement in the relation being the main character and her adoptive father make it worth a look.

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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks

½

Not funny.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

★★★½

A story of a disjointed family reconnecting. Like the name suggests the movie simply try to show everything and in doing so the miriad of stories each lose thier individual impacts. Was not a fan of the humor either.

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The Conversation (1974)

Harry Caul is an invader of privacy. The best in the business. He can record any conversation between two people anywhere. So far, three people are dead because of him.

Francis Ford Coppla

Gave Up

Not sure if it was too slow, while Hackman played a great Harry Caul nothing else was particulary gripping about the movie.

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A Hero (2021)

Asghar Farhadi

★★★★★

Absolutely incredible story about the weakness of people, their greed and simlutaneous desire to do good. It is a film about very ordinary people in a dificult situation and how they try to escape it. Superb acting. Beautiful camera work.

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Shutter Island (2004)

Some places never let you go.

Martin Scorsese

★★½

Solid acting. Enjoyable mystery worth a single watch.

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Joel and Ethan Coen

★★★★★

A week in the life of a folk singer trying to make a living. Very ordinary but somehow draws you in. Exceptionally rich camera work, music and dialoges.

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Jumanji (1995)

An Adventure For Those Who Seek To Find A Way To Leave Their World Behind.

Joe Johnston

★½

Robin Williams was fun, some of the jokes were decent. Overdone story and generaly just not very good.

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Bong Joon Ho

★★★★½

A story of small town police detectives attempting to catch a serial killer. Great acting. Many gorgeous shots and a great combination of a gripping story and small comedic elements.

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The Fifth Element (1997)

There is no future without it.

Luc Besson

★★★½

Very fun science fiction movie. Some of the costumes feel a bit dated at this point and Bruce Willis is a bit uninspiring.

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The Green Mile (1999)

Frank Darabont

★½

Very long preachy movie. Conceptually I did not like any of the characters, they felt generic and overdone.

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Pig (2021)

We don't got a lot of things to really care about.

Micheal Sarnoski

★★

John Wick but with a pig. I disliked all the characters in it and trying to set up some sort of mysterious grizzled past for Cage was just cringe.

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Harold And Maude (1971)

Hal Ashby

★★★★

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Sinister (2012)

Once you see him, nothing can save you.

Scott Derickson

Gave Up

I never saw him. I got bored of the movie before anything scary happened.

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Snatch (2000)

Guy Ritchie

★★★½

Great comedy. Very fast pacing, a huge cast of enjoyable characters, great dialogue.

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Capernaum (2018)

Nadine Labaki

The film opens with a child suing his parents for 'giving him life'. Despite the tragedy of it, I somehow did not feel much towards any of the characters.

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Chinatown (1974)

Roman Polanski

★★★★

Great acting by Jack Nicholson. Primarily a plot driven movie based very losely on a well known story (can't say much as it will give away the story).

2021

41 movies
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The Revenant (2015)

Blood lost. Life found.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Honestly one of the worst I have seen from Leo. Tom Hardy stole the show and even the the movie was lacking. The dream/memory sequences were awful.

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Se7en (1995)

Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.

David Ficher

★★★½

Fun watch but not much more than that.

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Dune (2021)

It begins.

Denis Villeneuve

★★★½

Visual and audibly stunning. A true space opera.

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.

Stanely Kubrick.

★★★★

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The Endless (2017)

Time is a prison.

Justin Benson

In theory a movie about cosmic horror. Conceptually interesting but hard to do on film. The movie misses the mark.

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The Handmaiden (2016)

Park Chan-wook

Gave Up

From the director of Oldboy. Boring movie. Conceptually a bit similar to Parasite but not I never made it to the payoff if there was one.

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Dorogie Tovarishchi (2020)

Andrey Konchalovskiy

★★★★

Fairly dark movie about the Novocherkassak massacare seen from the eyes of a staunch communist party member. Very strong acting and a powerful historical drama.

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Argo (2012)

The movie was fake. The mission was real.

Ben Affleck

★★★★½

Tremendous thriller. The movie is not particulary action packed but is incredibly tense. Based on a true story of surrounding the US hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

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The Social Network (2010)

You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

David Fincher

★½

A very good retelling of the story of Facebook it that interests you. Not much to it beyond solid acting and a compelling plot, I would not rewatch this.

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Nomadland (2020)

Chloé Zhao

★★★

Francis McDormand was solid as usual, though not my favorite actress. The movies shows a very different perspective on how it is possible to live. And some people live that way by choice.

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Memento (2000)

Some memories are best forgotten.

Christopher Nolan

★★★★½

Probably my favorite Christopher Nolan movie. It is confusing and mysterious but it grabs your attention the whole time. Very enjoyable movie with a great ending.

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Changeling (2008)

To find her son, she did what no one else dared.

Clint Eastwood

★★★

Angelina Jolie herself was great in the movie. The story is tragic, good sets, solid filming. Overall, solid movie.

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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Guillermo del Toro

★½

The movie was a dark twist on some sort of a fairy tale story. It had some phenomenal costumes and great acting. Somehow, none of that happened together. I felt like I enjoyed the two worlds in the movie but never thier intersections.

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Elena (2011)

Thy will be done.

Andrey Zvyagintsev

★★★★

Incredibly dark movie with some phenomenal camera work. The movie leaves you with a feeling of deep hopelessness and powerlessness.

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In Bruges (2008)

Shoot first. Sightsee later.

Martin McDonagh

½

I did not find that characters compelling and I certainly did not find anything about the movie funny. A big miss.

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The Conjuring (2016)

Based on the true case files of the Warrens.

James Wan

★★★★½

I had no idea what I was getting into with this movie and for half of it I could not tell it if was a parody or supposed to be scary. I found this movie hilarous. Nothing about it was scary to me but the seriousness of the actors made it peak comedy.

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Mother (2009)

Bong Joon-Ho

★★★★

Hye-ja Kim is phenomenal as the mother. The movie is suspenseful, well shot and well acted. Some of the scenes are downright wierd.

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Stardust (2007)

Matthew Vaughn

Generic coming of age story with some magic elements. I have no clue what Robert De Niro is doing in this movie.

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No Country For Old Men (2007)

There are no clean getaways

Joel and Ethan Coen

★★★★½

Javier Bardem is terrifying in this movie. Not a single bad acting performance. The movie is gritty and violent. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

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Leon The Professional (1994)

Luc Besson

Gave Up

I found nothing redeeming about this movie. I felt uncomfortable about the potential love? between the two characters due to the age gap. I found the idea of training montage to be too cringe to watch.

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Howls Moving Castle (2004)

Hayao Miyazaki

★★½

Very cute movie with charming characters and a very enjoyable romantic plot. Unfortunately, it seemed to similar to Spirited Away and that movie was just better.

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Ivanovo Detstvo (1962)

Andrei Tarkovsky

★★★½

Great war movie. The child actor was great. The movie provides a very dark take on war and loss.

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

The search for true love begins outside the box

Craig Gillespie

★★★★½

I did not realize how good of an actor Ryan Gosling was until I saw this movie. In this movie he plays Lars, a guy with some severe social issues that ends up falling in love with a sex doll. Somehow despite how crazy the premise sounds there is nothing cringy at all. It's a very positive a charming movie.

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M (1931)

Fritz Lang

Gave Up

When police cannot catch a child murdering criminal, other criminals come together to catch them. Despite the seemingly interesting the movie is unbearably slow and boring.

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Spirited Away (2001)

Hayao Miyazaki

★★★★★

Delightfully charming movie. Keeps you on the edge of your seat just begging to see more of the world and characters that Miyazaki created. I cannot get over just how much I enjoy the designs and the movie itself in gorgeous.

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Amelie (2001)

She'll change your life.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

★★½

A pleasant, charming, romantic comedy about a lonely girl with an overly active imagination attempting to help people in mischievous ways. I find the movie to be forgettable.

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Good Will Hunting (1997)

Gus Van Sant

Really excellent acting by Robin Williams in this movie. Matt Damon is much weaker by contrast. Somehow the character of the hidden genius janitor is not particularly compelling. Some of the 90's cliches also aged poorly.

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Rob Reiner

★★★★

This movie is extraordinarily funny. It aged very well and some jokes seem to have gotten even better and more relevant. It's very light-hearted, never takes itself too seriously and is definitely worth a watch.

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Giuseppe Tornatore

★½

I don't typically care for movies with child actors. This is one of those movies. I did not really feel the childlike happiness the director was attempting to convey for this movie theater or movies in general.

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The Pianist (2002)

Roman Polanski

★★★★

The movie centers around a very compelling story of a Jewish Pianist during WWII. Adrien Brody is superb in this movie. One of the strongest Holocaust protrayals I have seen.

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

The Legend Had It Coming.

Mel Brooks

Gave Up

Very similar to Princess Bride but so much worse.

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Rear Window (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock

★★★½

This movie is classic hitchcock. It is tense dramatic, well shot. Yet somehow I always find myself forgetting how it ends. But that's not a problem because I'm always willing to rewatch it.

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

He was their inspiration. He made thier lives extraordinary.

Peter Weir

★★★★

An amazing coming of age movie. Phenomenal acting job all around. Robin Williams is terrific in this movie. The movie covers many themes from family, friendship, creativity and it covers them all well.

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The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

You think you know the story

Drew Goddard

★★½

Fun little horror comedy with a bit of a twist to it. The premise is enjoyable enough to watch once. Probably not good enough for a second though.

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Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Darren Aronofsky

★★½

The movie follows the journeys of four different people all getting addicted to heroin each having varying amounts of agency in that situation. The movie is very dark and presents a very depressing reality. That said, some of the stories are better than others.

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Let The Fire Burn (2013)

Jason Odser

★½

A documentary about the Philadelphia MOVE movement and subsequent bombing by police. The documentary is definitely informative about an event that is rarely mentioned and little known. It is a bit slow at times.

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Five Criminals. One line up. No coincidence.

Bryan Singer

★★

A decent movie on the first watch. Probably not worth another after you've seen the "twist". Most of the characters are pretty forgettable, besides maybe Kevin Spacey.

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Soul (2020)

Pete Docter and Kemp Powers

★★½

Very cute, pleasant and upbeat movie. I enjoyed how jazzy it was. I think it would have been better off with an unhappy ending.

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

It's Nothing Personal

James Cameron

★★★★½

Absolutely classic action movie. I can't think of another movie that has aged as gracefully as this one, besides maybe Jurassic Park. The special effects are immense. The plot is very solid and Linda Hamilton plays a great Sarah Connor.

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Train to Busan (2016)

Sang-ho Yeon

★½

Overall pretty solid, for a zombie movie. Most of all, I enjoyed the inter character dynamics in the movie. Some of the acting was very solid. The zombie parts I was not a big fan of.

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The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron

★★★½

A different movie from its more action focus sequel. The Terminator is almost closer to a horror thriller. It is still an excellent movie, James Cameron does a phenomenal job instilling the terror that the Terminator brings. Unfortunately some of the practical effects in this one are lacking.

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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey

★★★

The movie was very pretty. I also found it to be motivational. It did a good job highlighting the destruction we are bringing up on our planet. Some of the CGI scenes stuck out pretty badly and took me out of the movie.

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Quentin Tarantino

★★★★

Probably my favorite Tarantino movie. It lacks the over-the-top violence that many of his others have. All the plot lines are enjoyable. Dissecting how they intersect with each other makes the movie even better.

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Come and See (1985)

Elem Klimov

★★★★½

An absolutely harrowing movie about the Nazi occupation of Belarus. It follows the story of a young boy who joins the partisans and proceeds to witness Nazis exterminating his country folk. The movie is very hard to watch but it is important to see it.

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Her (2013)

Spike Jonze

½

The movie centers around a man in a futuristic society that starts falling in love with an artificial intelligence. I personally had a strong distaste for the concept. I thought Lars and the real girl was much better. This is very much my personal opinion because others I know greatly enjoy the movie.

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Schindler's List (1993)

The List is Life

Steven Spielberg

★½

The plot of the movie is good. The rest of it feels uninspired. None of the acting performances stood out to me. There are better Holocaust movies out there.

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American History X (1998)

Tony Kaye

★★★½

The movie has a very simple straightforward plot following a neo-Nazi returning from prison and his younger brother who is assigned to succumb to the same ideals. The acting performances from the entire cast really elevate this movie. They do a great job turning this seemingly black and white topic into something much more gray.

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Goodfellas (1990)

As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster.

Martin Scorsese

A classic gangster movie about the Italian mob in America. I found it to be too long and kind of forgettable.

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Jonathan Demme

★★★★★

Both Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are absolutely phenomenal in this movie. The way the director builds tension and develops character through camera movement is reason alone to watch the movie. Silence of the lambs is slow and suspenseful but you can never draw your eyes away from it.

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Frank Darabont

★★★

A classic of American cinema. This is a movie with very strong fundamentals. And Tim Robbins as Andy Dupree steals the show. He does a phenomenal job conveying the mental and emotional transformation that Andy goes through during his 19 years of prison. I do not care for the amount of voiceover narration in this movie.

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Taxi Driver (1976)

Martin Scorsese

★½

There are plenty of movies where the director intends for you not to like the main character. The movie is about their journey or their development or just their surroundings. Objectively the actions of Robert de Niro and his acting should be compelling to watch. But this entire movie fell very flat for me.

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Fight Club (1999)

David Fincher

Rewatching this film, I feel like I have outgrown it. The plot might be interesting on a first watch, but none of it felt particularly compelling. My favorite character was probably Marla Singer played by Helena Carter.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Michel Godfry

★½

It was a decent love story. I don't know if the very abstract scenes throughout the movie added much. I was also a disctracted by some of the big name actors in the movie. Jim Carrey in a serious role was odd.

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Denis Villeneuve

★★★★

Just an awesome cinematic experience. The movie is an amazing take on a cyberpunk dystopian future. The action is good but not excessive. As much as I dislike him, even Harrison Ford managed to not ruin the movie for me.

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Nightcrawler (2014)

The City Shines Brightest at Night.

Dan Gilroy

★★★★

Jake Gyllenhaal is delightfully creepy in this movie. I really enjoyed plunging into the dark underworld of news media.

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Kimi No Na Wa (2016)

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Oldboy (2003)

Park Chan-Wook

★★★★

Overall, it's a pretty dark movie. There is a good mix of action and mystery that keeps you hooked the entire way. Choi Min-sik is phenomenal as Dae-Su. However, the movie is primarily plot driven which weakens it on subsequent re-watches.

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

All the power on Earth can't change destiny.

Francis Ford Coppla

★★★★½

A very worthy successor to the first godfather movie. The second is in many ways very much it's equal and even exceeds it in others. This movie has some very dark moments. But just like the first it is a must watch.

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Run Lola Run (1998)

Tom Tykwer

★★★½

A tense high stakes movie. It does a great job showing a lot about a few people in 3 20 minute stories. Some parts are maybe a bit too abstract from my taste.

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The Godfather (1972)

An offer you can't refuse.

Francis Ford Coppla

★★★★★

Absolutely classic movie. A must watch. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are phenomenal in this movie. Between the music the cinematography, the overall plot this movie really does not miss.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

If he's crazy, what does that make you?

Milos Forman

★★★★½

Jack Nicholson really steals the show in this movie. He's both charming and crazy. Movie is certainly not the most accurate portrayal of a mental institution. But the realism of the institution doesn't change the realism of its oppression. Watching the characters deal with that is what makes the movie great.

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Hell or High Water (2016)

Justice isn't a crime.

David Mackenzie

★★★½

This movie is an exciting neo-western. Overall, the acting performances are solid. But I think the best part to me is the camera work in the absolutely gorgeous Texas scenery (the scenery itself isn't actually gorgeous, there's nothing pretty about oil fields. I just love the way that it's shot).

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The Irishman (2019)

Time Changes Nothing

Martin Scorsese

★★

I found this movie to be very much a mixed bag. There were some very good moments. Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci are both very enjoyable. But I also found the movie to be too long. And the de-aging CGI completely took me out of the movie and ruined several scenes.

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Parasite (2019)

Bong Joon Ho

★★★★★

Absolutely incredible film. Pretty much every single actor knocked it out of the park. The camera work is amazing. The dialogues are fantastic. This is genuinely one of the best movies I've ever seen.

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Arrival (2016)

Why are they here?

Dennis Villeneuve

★½

Generic sci-fi movie. It had no particularly interesting plot twists or creatures. Overall, I found it forgettable.

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Jurassic Park (1993)

An Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making

Steven Spielberg

★★★★

The acting performances in this movie are nothing special. But the visual and sound effects are absolutely top notch. Spielberg is incredibly dynamic and a storytelling. For a movie that is over 30 years old, it has aged incredibly well.

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Black Cat White Cat (1998)

Emir Kusturica

★★★★½

A super light-hearted movie. A nice mix of interconnecting love stories, comedy and some very serious bits. The music is great. Overall, the movie is just fun.

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Amarcord (1973)

Federico Fellini

★½

A very colorful and pretty movie. Unfortunately I can't say much beyond that. I did not find the characters in the movie, particularly appealing. It was very much not to my taste.