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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
January 16th

Directed by: Agnès Varda

The fact that this was Varda's first film just completely blows my mind. Would you believe that some imagery later made iconic by Ingmar Bergman would be seen here first? Varda was a photographer before she decided to make this film and surely the talent would transfer over but that hardly explains the way the camera moves. The only explanation is Varda is a visionary savant who was born to make films.
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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Bed & Board (1970)
January 15th

Directed by: François Truffaut

People say Truffaut has no real discernible style, and I would definitely agree that he doesn't have a singular, overarching style his entire career, but that's not to say there's no flair to these films. It is interesting how he never seems to do anything exciting visually on purpose. There's definitely a lot of fantastic images in this film (and others of course) but it's never in a way that screams "look at this" like it is with most directors. His style is in service to the story. A story which I have no clue about. Nowadays, everyone wants to say something with a film and even moreso audiences expect a film to have something to say. Bed & Board just sort of happens. It is a continuation of the Antoine Doinel character but Truffaut has changed so much as a filmmaker, these films don't resemble each other at all. He would continue to do so.
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People who added this item 207 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
January 15th

Directed by: Joachim Trier

More often than not I don't like movies like this one. I wouldn't say it's exactly like what one would expect from a bleak Scandinavian drama about a recovering drug addict, it's not just bad getting worse the whole time, in fact it's not that at all. The film is only 90 minutes and somehow feels even shorter than that, instead of trying to depress you with the protagonist's misfortune, the film lingers on the happy moments with a quiet reflection on his strife always on the back of your mind. It all comes together in the ending which seemed a little hamfisted and preachy to me at first, but if you think about it in context of how the film opened, and the other vignette sequences in the film it's brilliant.
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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
January 15th

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending. Thinking about it under that title makes it a little bit more interesting to me. I would describe this film as interesting though, certainly moreso at the beginning. There's a lot of potential here, but it just kind of descends into meandering, and not interesting meandering. I don't know if that's the fault of the playwright or Sidney Lumet.
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People who added this item 1637 Average listal rating (922 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Manhattan (1979)
January 11th

Directed by: Woody Allen

(This is going to sound very familiar) The first 4 minutes of Manhattan could be taken away and designated as it's own little short film and I would love that. I'd honestly recommend the movie just for that. The film appears in black and white like Woody Allen's character describes how he sees it in the opening, and there's something about New York in black and white that elevates it and makes it so charming. Otherwise, I'd say this is pretty standard Woody Allen fare, which is to say it's really good.
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People who added this item 263 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
January 10th

Directed by: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

The first 10 - 15 minutes of this movie are so fucking fantastic, so epic in scope, unfortunately the film gets quite a bit less interesting visually and otherwise afterwards but c'mon, this is Powell and Pressburger, you know it still looked amazing. This film was definitely almost a favorite of mine, the story I think nowadays would be seen as "preachy", I would be guilty of this probably, but the message is so genuine and so lovely that I don't care if they hit me over the head with it.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Columbus (2017)
January 9th

Directed by: Kogonada

I feel like I'm being especially critical of the film because I know Kogonada from videos he's made before, but honestly this whole thing is so predictable under that lens. The whole concept is so meta, the movie's about shapes so there's your license to put the shapes in the rectangular shape of the film. I mean, it looks nice, I don't love the editing, but that's because it's a film made in 2017 and this is how things are now. I was inspired to watch something new by what I said about Rome, Open City and I don't know if it's me who has the problem or if there's a legitimate lack of inspiration and creativity in the present. I'm blowing things out of proportion. The movie's alright. Certainly better than anything I'd make.
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
January 9th

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

From Franco to Mussolini. From what I understand this film started the Italian Neo-Realism movement. Rome, Open City was filmed in secret from the National Fascist Party, using real environments and no sets at all, which is an incomprehensively stark difference from films of the time. This film is beautiful. It has such wonderful, deep characters and Anna Magnani is a treasure. Rome, Open City makes me hearken for a time when cinema was relevant to the culture and really mattered.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
January 8th

Directed by: Carlos Saura

1967. Francisco Franco's fascist regime is still ruling Spain and Spanish cinema reflects that. This film is also dedicated to Luis Buñuel who I am a lot more familiar with. What I'm saying is I don't honestly get what the film is going for, as I didn't with any of Buñuel's of the era. They're very similar and I love the tone and look of both, and that would be more than enough, but there's an intriguing story here reminiscent of Vertigo, and while I'm not sure what it really means, I know I enjoyed the ride. Spanish cinema is a bit of a blind spot for me, and I need to remedy that.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
January 5th

Directed by: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Typical of New Taiwan Cinema, and moreso of Hou himself, this film is a meandering, aimless venture designed to rebel against the Taiwanese cinema of the '70s. Of course, we're already 6 years into the '80s, so Hou had already established his style with The Boys from Fengkeui among others, but Dust in the Wind is a large step further in the same direction. We're shown the young people of a confused, faceless Taiwan struggling to find that identity that their elders have already given up on. They'll find much the same in the end, and I'll not find much of anything in this film. You can still have substance in a film like this, I've seen it many times, Dust in the Wind, without it's amazing visuals wouldn't have much else.
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People who added this item 659 Average listal rating (389 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
January 4th

Directed by: John Ford

I don't know if a film has ever made me want to read the book it was based on before. The plot is just so interesting in a way that really only books are, it's hard to explain but it's just so literary. Henry Fonda is ridiculously likable, but in the end I was left thinking maybe this story wasn't so much about Tom Joad. If this isn't John Ford's masterpiece I'd very much like to know what is.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
January 3rd

Directed by: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

A story that begins and ends in the same place with a major detour in the middle; On the Road is brilliantly written, getting more complex as it progresses. I love the depiction of Zatoichi in this one, he's not the perfect do-no-wrong hero, his motivations are clear and he still has to earn a buck at the end of the day. I mean, he's still OP as fuck but comparatively...
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January 1st

Directed by: Kenji Misumi

Sitting at 80 minutes and of course, being based on the famous manga, this feels more like an episode of an anime than a feature film, and it's charming in it's way. I say that not just because of those two things but also in that not much seems to happen that actually has weight. There's a few very memorable action scenes and a lot of... elsewhat. A high 6.
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People who added this item 2364 Average listal rating (1315 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
January 1st

Directed by: David Lynch

This film benefits from a slow pace and of course, being wondrously shot. A bit of stuff in this didn't exactly click with me, but I feel like the source of my disappointment comes from this not really feeling like a David Lynch film. But is that really a valid complaint? Most of this movie is really compelling and has a stunning ending. I dunno, it's good.
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