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  • The Blair Witch Project 1999

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2014

    I haven't watched The Blair Witch Project in years, and I was pleased to find that, after years of parodies and ripoffs and a mostly disposable subgenre, it holds up very well. It's as good as found footage gets, and much better than the backhanded compliment that comment suggests. I also appreciated it more this time as a movie about filmmaking - Heather pretty much nails how completely annoying a no-budget filmmaker can be (I'm not excluding myself here) even…

  • The Sacrament 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2014

    A better-than-average found footage movie, though having one made by a director I'm fond of, one who has demonstrated a more classical style in his last two features, only serves to underline the limitations of the form. There are moments towards the end of the film where Ti West uses the camera ingeniously to imply violence in disturbing ways, only to have the filmmaker protagonists turn around and give us a much more blunt view of the carnage in a…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…