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Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
4 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Nagasaki could have been sentimental melodrama, but instead, it is a beautiful portrait of a grieving mother. The actress is wonderful, giving a measured and subtle performance that plays off the more exuberant one from the actor who plays her son. Nagasaki manages to expertly have it both ways. It condemns the tragedy, and sympathizes with the mother who lost everything, but it also gets to make light and celebrate the lives of those lost. It is a truly remarkable and beautiful film.

Angry Indian Goddesses
4 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Angry Indian Goddesses might be uneven in places, but the final gut punch it delivers more than makes up for any missteps. It is a film that does not shy away from the harsh and misogynistic realities that are daily realities for so many women, particularly in India which has some of the highest rates of child marriage and gang rapes in the world. The dynamic opening sequence says it all. These women are angry, they are done fitting into the traditional image of the meek and quiet wife. This opening sequence is the film's thesis statement. As each of the central characters are objectified, belittled and harassed, each one fights back, literally. They are physical, they get in their harassers' faces, they hit back. While there are moments that can feel a bit preachy when the film simply becomes a group of women talking about their perceived lesser status in society, there is an unforgettable dynamic to these women and their refusal to be anything less than full fledged human beings. It is at times brutal and violent, but that's the point. Women will respond to violence with their own, because they are done being passive victims. This final statement is professed with such strength, that it doesn't matter if the film falls flat and drags a bit in the middle. Angry Indian Goddesses is not a film you will easily forget.

High-Rise (2016)
5 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Visually, High-Rise is stunning. A violent mishmash of surrealist images ranging from seductive to disturbing dominate the screen and are hard to forget. The rest of the film is a bit murky. There is a story here, the fall of civilization, which could account for the complete and destructive anarchy that High-Rise depends into. On the other hand, the anarchy is a little too controlled to properly work. Which is Hih-Rise's main failing. When the plot goes out the window, all that's left is a collection of discordant images, that while may be powerful on their own, get horribly confused when they are forced to relate to each other in a manner that hints at a narrative.

Dheepan (2016)
7 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Dheepan is a tightly wound, well paced look into the life of an immigrant family in Europe. In many ways it is a simple film, but it is all the more effective for its simplicity. To his credit, director Jaques Audiard had taken a step back and let the performances of his actors carry the story's emotional weight. It is hard to not get caught up in their plight.

Suicide Kale
Suicide Kale (2015)
14 days ago via Movies on Android phone

What Suicide Kale lacks in production values, it makes up for with a whip smart script and a cast that clearly enjoys playing together. It is a film that is rough around the edges, with awkward moments that appear to be a direct result of budgetary restrictions, but overall the film is a refreshing look at relationships that takes nothing too seriously, except when things start to get dark.