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  • Batman 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Sep, 2014

    One of my favorite moviegoing experiences was seeing this with my dad when I was five years old. The timing of Jack Nicholson exclaiming “Boo!” and Batman crashing through the museum’s glass ceiling as Danny Elfman’s terrific score kicks in was like a religious experience – only Jurassic Park ever matched it for a pure blockbuster high. I can see the movie’s problems more clearly now; the ending is particularly messy, as is the scene in Vicki Vale’s apartment (though…

  • Marat/Sade 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    As with his sadly forgotten film of King Lear, where even the exterior scenes have a claustrophobic, tension, Peter Brook goes against the conventional wisdom that film adaptations of plays should “open up” the source material. As with the Royal Shakespeare Company play (also directed by Brook) Marat/Sade unfolds just as its full title, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, describes.…

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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…