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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★

    For those who like me thought Interstellar, despite all its merits, didn't quite cut it when it came to love.

    I feel the motif of sliding doors viewed edge-on while opening or shutting plants the seed for the movie's central conflict.

    And the sound design, my God.

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★½

    Rest well, Helen McCrory.

    The thing about great paintings, especially those in the ilk of Vincent Van Gogh is that they capture the scenery in a way that draws you in and leaves you enraptured, invested, & spent, in ways that the more 'realistic' sketches don't. Because it is about evoking the desired mental image, and what's in front of the eyes is the vehicle to get there. So when the final shot of the movie kicks in, Vincent Van Gogh,…

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Love some of his other works, but Hitchcock gets this wrong.

    Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is, at its heart of hearts, neither a romance nor a thriller. It is a psychological piece based on women's subjugation by society by making them submit to roles, through subtle emotional manipulation in the name of love, because of which they become willing to forgive their husbands' most vile crimes and trespasses. You see, in the book Max de Winter murders Rebecca. There is…

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    Society can be so disgusting when it dissuades you, insidiously, from what you love most. It's so so cruel.
    So can love not survive it?

    Perhaps it can. But just as memory or "abstractly, serenely.........a complete vision of all that he had missed", as Scorsese puts it. Cinema at its most heartbreakingly poetic.

    Just say I'm old fashioned. That should be enough. Says Newland Archer to his son as old memories of his age of innocence come rushing in —…