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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    I don't think many people understand the complexities and the simplicities of living (I certainly don't), but I'm starting to believe Edward Yang does.

    I love how patient this movie is. It takes its time. It knows that life isn't made up of shots of adrenaline every five minutes. Life is made up of small moments that, strung together, create something meaningful. Did I just describe Yi Yi here?

    I hesitate to call the people in this movie "characters". It…

  • La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita

    ★★★★★

    Where do I even begin with a movie whose own title is untrue? Oh... I guess I can begin with exactly that. Okay, let's do it.

    La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) is as sweet as the American Dream - utterly bitter; but for one to taste its bitterness, one has to take a bite. This is a movie with a fake title. In fact, almost everything in La Dolce Vita is fake. This film isn't about the epic encounters…

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  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★½

    So now Malick makes movies often...?

    To the Wonder is a disappointment if you compare it to The Tree of Life. Is it a bad movie? No. I actually think there's a masterpiece somewhere here, but you'll struggle to find it. That's because this film is messy. Way too messy. It does have some beautiful segments and every shot is crafted with a lot of care, I'm sure, but it ultimately felt like (and I'm sorry if this sounds a little harsh) Malick imitating Malick.

    Still, I appreciate what he did here, even though I didn't completely follow it.

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★★

    How cool is it that both this and The Matrix were released in the same year?

    eXistenZ is really freaking fun. It has a cool sci-fi plot that will keep you interested, but it's also totally Cronenbergian in the sense that it will gross you out with body horror (though this aspect is a little toned down here).

    I love it mainly for raising philosophical questions - What is reality? What we perceive as reality? Will technology ever be so…

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  • Three Colors Trilogy

    Three Colors Trilogy

    ★★★★★

    One of the best trilogies of all time. By themselves, each installment serves as a great film. Together, they form one of the most important pieces of art cinema has ever produced.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★½

    So he just made this and dipped?

    Days of Heaven blew my socks off. It has issues, like all masterpieces - ADR, fragmented screenplay, messy storyline -, but I wouldn't give them much attention, this film isn't concerned with technical perfection, but with making feel. It's a film that evokes feelings, though I'm still not quite sure which ones.

    Like music, Malick goes past your mind and straight into your heart. It's cool.