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Logan: A Tale of Tragedy

Certainly one of the best ‘superhero’ films of all time, Logan separates from the pack through character depth and development akin to a Greek┬átragedy–perhaps of the neo-mythological kind. Logan’s arc, what a multitude of previous franchise installments have presented but … Continue reading

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Fantasy as Poetry, Fiction as Metaphor in Shinkai’s YOUR NAME

Your Name is a heartfelt, modern love story with an intricately layered narrative spanning philosophy, mythology, romance, and teenage fantasy within a science fiction melodrama. It is a brilliant feature anime, and the best I have seen since Takahata’s The … Continue reading

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Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan, 2016)

Well structured and novelistic, a Dostoevskien tragedy conveying self-isolation and effacement in face of of a life disarmingly out of harmony, where thoughts and actions misalign and communication barriers forge rifts between self and others. Deftly handled and extraordinarily sensitive … Continue reading

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When Marnie Was There (Yonebayashi, 2014)

A beautifully heartfelt poem emotionally conveying feelings both of loss and recovery. The film is tender; ‘sweet’ would be an apt term to describe it. How it deals with pain and therapy without being overt about mental distress or the … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, 2004)

For all its emotional gestures, I felt nothing while watching this. Through its contrived plot, poor rhythm, and false sentiments, Million Dollar Baby (2004) tries to hit all of the right notes, following some kind of feel-good-yet-still-sappy Hollywood formula. As … Continue reading

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Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966)

It seems rather fitting that I end this retrospective by watching Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). A retrospective is to look back on a person’s work, and Au Hasard Balthazar is concomitantly both the first Bresson I ever saw, and … Continue reading

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Mouchette (Bresson, 1967)

Mouchette (1967) tells the heart-wrenching story of a young girl tragically forced to grow up too soon. With a dying mother, alcoholic father, and a baby brother to take care of, Mouchette (Nadine Nortier), a mere teenager, is trapped in … Continue reading

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