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  • Killer of Sheep

    Killer of Sheep

    ★★★★

    My attraction to films like Killer Of Sheep is due, in part, to being able to share and experience the lives of a few other individuals for awhile. Seeing how so many citizens of this planet go about their daily lives--especially the ones who struggle to get by, yet still prevail--is a fascinating experience to me. This film has no story arc, no character development, no cinematic twists and turns. It's more similar to a documentary, and has been compared…

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★½

    Film: Ida

    Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

    There were moments during Ida where I smiled until my face hurt, which is unusual to say of such a bleak film. It's not exactly to say that the things that made me smile were inherently good or bad, but rather the fact that they were happening at all. Ida is this year's Oscar contender from Poland for Best Foreign Film, and without having seen the others, I can assuredly say that this at least…

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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    Béla Tarr is a Hungarian director in whom I have had great interest for some time. His movies--the few of them that there are--are scarce and often expensive in the United States, which has been my reason for holding off on visiting his work for so long. I found his most recent (and reportedly, his final) feature film, The Turin Horse, for a reasonable price, and read some pretty divided comments about it. In my viewing of it last night,…