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  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2016

    This movie made me very uncomfortable. That's not a criticism; quite the opposite, in fact. The movie is very frank in depicting the sexual exploits of its main character, 15-year-old Minnie (Bel Powley, who is excellent), who is deflowered by and begins an affair with her mom's forty-ish boyfriend. I admire its frankness, but while Powley isn't 15, in the many scenes where she's partially or fully nude, she looked like what I remember a nude teenage girl looking like…

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jan, 2016

    Much better than it has any right to be. The "screens within screens" device is used very cleverly, the moments of quiet tension in between the cheap scares are as effective as those scares themselves (and I like cheap scares done right), and it actually has something to say about how social media has exacerbated our worst tendencies without being too heavy-handed about it. Most found footage movies are one-time-only viewings for me, and this one probably won't be an exception, but it's much, much better than I would've guessed from hearing the premise.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    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

    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…