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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Forgivably dry, but unforgivably shallow, this partial biography doesn't extend its reaches out into any recognizable profundity - quite unlike the actions of Hildegard von Bingen herself. This simple depiction of her life through action doesn't paint a clear picture of her impact and statement in either her monastical or literal existence. The film suffers from annoying stylistic and plot repetitions, drudge dialogue, and excessive dramatization, and thus steers away from even an expressionist composure of von Bingen's life and the impact that it's had on others. It's failure to cohere in either a religious or secular fashion is product only of the film's deficiency as a mechanism for delivering a message - one that's well worth delivering.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner (1982)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

No more than 10 times in my life will I rate a movie with five stars - I promise that now. And no more than 10 times will I ever self-identify within a rating - and I promise that now. This film speaks for itself, more so than I could even begin to imagine to wonder to believe. Sheer and utter brilliance, set in an Alien-esque dystopia, crafted by the one-and-only Ridley Scott, forded by none other than Harrison Ford, this tour de force (in every sense of the oh-so-clichà (C)d phrase) literally defines and redefines human nature within constructs of our most evil, disenfranchised, and horrific intentions, and shocks home the very feeling with which we associate the all-encompassing phenomenon of love, torture, and being. I am simultaneously more and less human for seeing this film.

Hannah and Her Sisters
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A dark and brilliant eyeglass on the inherent hedonism of spontaneity - desires versus desires all set in a New York drab. Classic Allen laugh-inside hilarity and a day's dosage of philosophy; nothing more could be desired or required. It's a comic strip on the family and a photo shoot on the relationship. Which one binds us more? It's bleeding with satire, the Allen-esque type that doesn't make you feel bad for who you are. It certainly implants questions to the things you've done, though. Are we products of our own doing?

Crimes and Misdemeanors
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film is, depending on your stance, either a comforting reminder or an ominous expose on the true nature of the subscribed moral code in our society - whether we're bound by a rigid set of absolutist values or weaving in and out of a fluid relativism is only determined by the nature of the person who's asking, and the nature of the situation at hand. Woody Allen illustrates this with a non-centralized, self-aware set of lead characters, plausible and applicable circumstances, and a touch of typical Allen humor - the kind you almost feel bad for laughing at. Some of the actors display occasional weaknesses, but it doesn't detract from the film's overall punch. Allen has never let any technicality ruin his always poignant yet subdued rhetoric on just why the hell we're so fucked up.

The Social Network
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A relatively underwhelming idea and background made outrageously and poignantly interesting through spot-on direction and acting. A brilliantly integrated non-linear plot feeds the suspense and fright while still somehow curtailing the "oh, I know what's gonna happen next" feeling. It stands as an instant entertainment winner with deep undercurrents of meaning, with which one can start to attempt to answer the question: what has Facebook done to our lives?