FINALLY SEEN: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

What happened to you?,” asked Lucy; “I don’t know,” answered Martha.

Though everything was left ambiguous, I enjoyed Sean Durkin’s roller-coasting debut Martha Marcy May Marlene in positive ways. All I see was a nuanced psychological drama of paranoia and an attempt to cope with it—crafted in a harrowing theme about some abusive cult. Continue reading FINALLY SEEN: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Mommy (2014)

We still love each other, right?” asked Steve as her Mom assured him, “That’s what we’re best at, buddy.”

The piece of convocation depicted above was a reflection of how ironical Xavier Dolan’s Mommy would be. For whatever it is, the talented, young Dolan had crafted a mesmerizing tale of constriction and release—both figuratively and literally—with this film.

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Beyond the Lights (2014)

Do you want to be a runner up, or do you want to be a winner?” said Macy Jean to her little blackbird.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw really is the main reason I watched Beyond the Lights. There had been an ample of praises of her performance in this film ever since the end of 2014; the thing is, I hadn’t even witnessed any of her performance but a small role in Odd Thomas. Simply, it’s a necessary step she took for her career—to portray a fictional young singer, a rising star, Noni Jean, along with her layered problem.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Till the end of your life, I’ll be watching you. Understand?” said the girl who walks home alone at night.

Ana Lily Amirpour showed the world a bold exclamation mark—that Iranian cinema got a thoughtful vision not to be taken for granted. In her debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the director combines genre beauties of spaghetti western and elements of noir film into a highly-stylized vampire genre—the first one in Iran.

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Insurgent (2015)

I can’t let anyone else die because of me,” said Tris Prior.

Whether people like it or not, the Divergent series will always be a mirror of The Hunger Games series because it’s, obviously, a reflection for each other. In the light of YA adaptation, they share similar tropes: dystopian world, a troubled heroine, and a trilogy (while the movies are both set as a quadrilogy with the finale divided into two chapters); therefore, comparisons are inevitable.

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A cinematic alter-ego of Paskalis Damar


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