Senso (Luchino Visconti) ***1/2 - A married Italian countess falls hopelessly in love and has an affair with an Austrian officer during the Italian-Austrian war of unification. It starts out kind of a little too melodramatic but it gets better as the story unfolds. This is thanks to the great performances of Alida Valli and Farley Granger. The different twists, ambiguities and tragedies were beautifully paid off in the end. Not my favorite Visconti but it's still a pretty great, beautifully photographed entry.
Hahaha (Hong Sang-Soo) ** - I've
been exploring Korean cinema as of late so I was really looking forward
to this one. Two friends meet for drinks and catch up on their love
lives. It's well-made and well-acted and there are a few amusing, really
good moments but all in all, it's mediocre. The rather unusual
structure of the film makes it a bit more interesting but I found the
characters alternately irritating and dull so it was a bit of a chore to
sit through. It reminds me of those subgenre of American indie dramedy
films I already find annoying.