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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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  • Before Sunrise

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  • It's Complicated

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  • Synecdoche, New York

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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    I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a bleak yet profound existential statement on mortality and death. On a surface level, the film explores a young woman, played by Jessie Buckley, who visits her boyfriend Jake’s parents, played by David Thewlis and Toni Collette. If meeting the parents isn’t dreadful enough, Buckley’s character has misgivings about Jake, played by Jesse Plemons. They have been together for seven weeks, but it feels like a lifetime of nothingness to her. As the title…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

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    Crying in the rain. Loss of a loved one. Self-sabotage. The muted wail of a big city through the eyes of a depressed twenty-something. When Thursday bleeds into Monday and Tuesday feels a lifetime away. Unforgivably clichΓ©, I know, but this is how we encounter loneliness in film. Loneliness is a phenomenon that is both caricatured and romanticized to no end. Its depictions are rarely organic or ugly or anything real, but when they are, you feel it. The cathartic…

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  • The Insider

    The Insider

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    A story about doing the right thing and suffering the consequences of powerβ€”about putting it all on the line. This being a Michael Mann feature, it’s also a study of manhood, of course, and in this case, of having a moral backbone. The Insider is, ostensibly, about journalism. But in truth it is a story about human beings, caught in extraordinary circumstances and how that comes to reveal their true characters. The film takes a complicated, talky tale of legal…

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

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    What do we need to procure a powerful imagination? A childhood steeped in traumatic events, emotionally supportive family members, being exposed to various quirky people, enriching early experiences, long hours of solitude…. Ingmar Bergman in Fanny and Alexander, his ode to the origins of imagination, suggests that all of the above is true. Fanny and Alexander regards family through the curious, innocent eyes of a child, observing its illusions and relating its painful truths. Bergman equates family and adulthood to…