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Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bÍte)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Jean Cocteau's original Beauty and the Beast is dark, dreamlike and imaginative.

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Bicycle Thieves is a harrowing film that anyone who feels like the world stands between them an their ability to provide for their family can relate to, which is why this movie has stood the test of time. But underneath it all, there is a sense of hope. This family will survive their hardships in the long-run. While it is a "neorealist" film, it is not nihilistic.

The Witch
The Witch (2016)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The VVitch is one of the best horror movies I've ever seen. It thoroughly immerses you in its world with strong performances and loving care to period dialogue, set design and costumes. The minimal jump scares are effective as the story relies more on slow-building, haunting ideas rather than cheap thrills. Highly recommended not just to horror fans, but anyone who likes good movies.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino (2009)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Gran Torino is a good movie that needs to be constantly re-edited in your head. Walt's (Eastwood) adult children tell us what we need to know about the character in the first scene through wooden dialogue. Sue, a young Hmong woman next door, tells Walt, and the audience, what we need to know about her people's history is a similarly contrived info dump. There's really nothing subtle about how anything is revealed. Less would have been better. But Eastwood's performance and the relationship between Walt and Thao are convincing and sell the story, which is the most important thing. While the setup is a bit hamfisted, the sweeter moments are handled deftly, and are genuine and meaningful. The conclusion also subverts expectations, especially if you see Walt as a retired Dirty Harry and expected an outcome like that movie or A Fistful of Dollars.

Lies
Lies (1999)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Lies is a porno vaguely disguised as an art house film. The banal story was clearly written as a weird middle-aged man's fantasy. The writer doesn't understand women or humans in general. I highly doubt an 18-year-old virgin would immediately jump in the sack with a skinny, creepy, greasy loser 20 years her senior upon first meeting him when there are plenty of horny boys her own age at her high school. The movie purportedly is about the psychology of obsession. This is an excuse to show porno in an indie movie house. The movie has the psychological depth of a Skittles commercial. The sex scenes are long, repetitive, gratuitous, and off-putting. The filler between the sex scenes is boring and unrealistic. The movie inconsistently employs a documentary shooting style, but it is mostly incompetent. Behind the scenes interviews with the cast are spliced into the first 10 minutes or so, but nowhere else. This comes off as pretentious, but worse, destroys the immersion in the film by telling us this is all make-believe. Ditto the scene that continues revealing the crew after the action has ended. Jang Sun Woo, you are not Ingmar Bergman, you fuckin hack. The movie enjoys lingering on the uncomfortable reactions of bystanders outside the main couple's "romance," as if to say the bystanders, and the audience, by extension, are a bunch of vanilla squares, and probably hypocrites. While my definition of "sexy" is a loving relationship between a man and a woman on a Sunday night after church in missionary position with the lights off, as described in Leviticus, I don't think anyone would find this material exciting. I feel embarrassed for the female lead, and everyone else involved with this production should be ashamed of themselves. To call this a porno is also a tad too generous. Pornos generally have better production value, more attractive leads, more interesting stories, better dialogue, better music.