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  • The Merry Jail 1917

    ★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2014

    Nowhere near peak silent Lubitsch, but it's admirably lascivious and brightens at every gesture and facial expression of Agda Nielson as a fun-loving maid.

  • The Double 2013

    ★★★ Watched 26 May, 2014

    Based on the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella, The Double captures a dissociative unease with comic precision. With healthy doses of Kafkaesque bureaucracy and the timeless production design of Brazil, the film balances on the knife-edge between pastiche and originality, kept in check by the alternatively flashy and deadpan direction by Richard Ayoade and Jesse Eisenberg's dual lead performance. He distinguishes his put-upon protagonist and the upstart doppelganger chiefly through verbal quickness and clarity. At times idealized and luminous, love interest Mia…

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  • In the Cut 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2013 2

    A drifting intellectual late-bloomer's sexual awakening in the guise of an erotic thriller, unfairly if understandably maligned by viewers hoodwinked by advertising and unaccustomed to whodunits slathered in atmosphere and psychology at the expense of rollercoaster theatrics, put off by a reckless and glistening camera too busy charting the headspace of isolated and sexually paranoid Meg Ryan (fearless and vulnerable and as willing to shed her on-screen past as her character is to shed her depressed, idealistic innocence) faced with…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 May, 2014 2

    Could this have been a game-changing psychedelic, philosophical sci-fi epic of gargantuan proportions, somehow bankrolled by a Hollywood studio? I guess, but I sure as hell wouldn't have ponied up the money for a project like this, with only a weighty scrapbook and a surrealistic supergroup helmed by an excitable madman to recommend it.

    The movie itself is badly-shot auteur-stroking of the highest order, as indulgent of its subject as Jodorowsky is of himself, but the art and imagery do…