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  • Brave 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 14 Mar, 2014

    2nd viewing, no change in rating. Characterization of mama bear a highlight.

  • The Host 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    Insane. And a membrane (or a creature with many membranes). I like movies that aren't afraid to flout narrative conventions, so the ending was a happy surprise ('happy' isn't really the correct word in this context but oh well). A really odd film of familial dysfunction and chemically-derived monster mayhem with some genuinely impressive creature creation and effects work. Interesting to see distrust of U.S. corporatism in a modern foreign genre flick. I had the constant though not unpleasant sense than many of the character signifiers were getting lost in translation for me.

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  • Where the Wild Things Are 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    Caveat since I really didn't give this my full attention for the first half; it's on my 'ought to revisit' list. Impressions: rather admirably keeps its perspective entirely within the turbulent emotive state of childhood, resulting in something deeply felt and authentic but also frequently enervating and disorienting (I was going to say 'illogical' but what the film is capturing feels more like a state of pre-logic), which I realize may be the point. Giving the wild things different aspects…

  • Holy Motors 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Apr, 2013

    It shouldn't take long reading my opinions on movies to figure out that I strongly favor films that operate on their own ambiguous dream logic—in fact, I'd argue that it's the ideal form for the medium. So I don't think it can come as a shocker that I loved this completely bonkers thing, in which Dennis Levant puts on a virtuoso acting showcase, as a man who travels from appointment to appointment to become, for brief periods, other people. The…