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  • All Is True

    All Is True

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    As he burst onto the directorial scene in the late 1980s with Henry V, Kenneth Branagh became heir apparent to Laurence Olivier as director and star of William Shakespeare film adaptations. He brought a different persona and focus than prior versions of the British playwright’s work, delivering critically acclaimed films that understood their source material. Adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labour Lost, and As You Like It further cemented Branagh as the…

  • The White Crow

    The White Crow

    ★★½

    2019 Ranked

    The third directorial effort from Ralph Fiennes, The White Crow tells the story of Rudolf Nureyev’s (Oleg Ivenko) life up to 1961. From being born on a train in 1938 to his eventual defection – the first by a Soviet artist – The White Crow recounts the events that influenced that crucial moment in his life and in Soviet Union history. As with any biographical film, Fiennes is presented with the challenge of compressing 23 years of Nureyev’s…

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  • Days of Wine and Roses

    Days of Wine and Roses

    ★★★★

    25 Films x 8 Decades: 1960s

    Blake Edwards had one hell of a time in 1962. Between this film and Experiment in Terror, Edwards delivered two excellent films with this one earning five Academy Awards nominations, including ones for stars Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. Portraying the marriage of Joe (Lemmon) and Kirsten (Remick), Edwards dives deep into the world of alcoholism as it effects this once-happy couple and their child. It starts quite simply, showing them meeting via a…

  • The Prisoner

    The Prisoner

    ★★★½

    The Arrow Challenge, 55/100

    It is interesting to read about Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner, which was met with considerable controversy upon its release. It faced ostracization within the film community, prohibited from being shown at Cannes and then banned at Venice. Ireland banned the film as well. Naturally, these choices were all for competing reasons as the festivals cited its “anti-communist” sentiments as being “offensive” to communists. Ireland, however, found it so wildly “pro-communist” that it was reprehensible. The ban…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…