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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Jake Gyllenhaal's performance here deserves all the praise it's gotten - his character here reminded me of Travis Bickle, not because they're both insane (Travis and Louis Bloom's madnesses likely reside on different parts of the spectrum), but because characters and performances are completely singular. It's a sick pleasure to watch Lou find his calling in seedy crime scene video journalism; at its best, between Gyllenhaal's performance and Robert Elswit's ink-black, ominous LA-at-night cinematography, Nightcrawler reminds of early Michael Mann.…

  • The NeverEnding Story 1984

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Nov, 2014 2

    I had a blast seeing this on the big screen with my kids. It was a favorite of mine as a kid, and a few years ago, I would have made a case for it as an unheralded masterpiece. I wouldn't now, but I still love it for reasons besides nostalgia, and it's unfairly lumped in with much shallower '80s kids movies. It's a fantasy movie for children where the villian is existential anxiety. What's not to love?

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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…