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  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    ★★★★

    Based off of the reviews, I did not expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I think it helps that I'm a big fan of both Jane Austen and Game of Thrones, so the blend of a comedy of manners with horror and AU history (not to mention some familiar, excellent actors) was more charming than off-putting.
    It would be difficult to follow and enjoy this movie without a good understanding of the plot of the original…

  • The Ballad of Narayama

    The Ballad of Narayama

    ★★★★★

    I have attended Kabuki performances, and enjoyed them, but I found the music and style of singing too harsh and staccato for this film. I struggled with the false background, and spent too much time wondering if the plants in the foreground were also fake. It is certainly a slow film.
    The lighting was what brought me around to false background, as it allowed for brilliant contrasts- blazing sunsets while the house glowed an ominous green through the paper screens.…

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  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★

    "Have courage and be kind."
    If you are unfamiliar with the story of Cinderella, which I doubt, this will contain spoilers. A film of great beauty but little substance. Charming costumes and sets, fine performances by some of my favorite actors, and lovely cinematography. It does stay true to the message of kindness, but the courage is sadly lacking. Cinderella's trial under her stepfamily seems to be exceptionally brief (she is wearing the same- rather attractive- dress throughout) making the…

  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★

    A visually stunning film with a fine performance by its lead, Belle suffers from exploring too many avenues, and none of them in depth. There is a plot about her role in her own family, a romance plot, and a a story about an court casing involving a slave ship that hits close to home, and sadly, each of these storyline is watered down to the point where they lack resonance. The most powerful aspect by far was Belle's situation…