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  • Seashore

    Seashore 2015

    ★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    First The Way He Looks and Futuro Beach, now along comes Seashore to consolidate Brazilian gay cinema's amusing over-reliance on aquatic imagery. Would that this had the same strengths that allowed its companions to overcome that issue; much as feature debut directors Marcio Reolon and Felipe Matzembacher might make a compelling dynamic of their co-leads' (well-performed) characters, we're so far from anything remotely new here that the plentiful setbacks can't but overwhelm the film. From the early excess of shallow…

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2015 2

    Give Justin Simien a couple years, a couple films, and a couple tips on how and where to point a camera, and he just might develop the directorial ability to do genuine justice to the superb scripting skills he showcases here.

    Recommended reading: Armond, on fire.

  • Lava

    Lava 2014

    ★★½ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2015

    Oh, I heat this nonsense.

  • Far from Heaven

    Far from Heaven 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2015 2

    Much as I might have been moved by the end to the point where flood warnings have now been issued across Cork, I'm not entirely sure Haynes is well-served by operating in any register other than his own. As I remarked of Safe to the friend who finally pushed me to get a grip on my life and watch it, it's as if Lynch remade Sirk, only nothing like that at all; Haynes has the capacity to press along on…

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    "Can't we all just get along like the military dictatorship taught us to?"
    Every bit as skin-shrivellingly staggering as its predecessor, if often for different reasons entirely, Oppenheimer's [sequel? companion piece? shrewd evidence of how many different movies a documentarian can forge from enough raw material?] had me gnawing my own hands off as though I were sat right there in the room with these folks desperately trying to pass off their atrocities as anything but. And therein lies what…

  • Safe

    Safe 1995

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2015

    That point where Julianne Moore—wearing that look that both believably projects the well-adjusted Modern Woman she absolutely thinks herself and unmistakeably reveals its fragility—sips her milk as Haynes distorts the world around her in a dolly zoom that should immediately replace that Goodfellas shot on every Film Studies 101 course ever is one of those rare early-on instances where my metaphorical jaw hit the floor as I realised—oh boy—I was going to adore every second of the hour-and-a-half-plus to come.…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Woke up after a particularly far-ranging and fluid-intaking catch-up night with an old friend with all the voices in my head united, for once, in a single sentiment: ouch. So naturally I crawled my way into a room stuffed with very loud children and proceeded to do my best to save even just a handful of them from drowning in the river of mine own tears I eventually sailed out on. Most of them (the tears) were of laughter, actually:…

  • Lava

    Lava 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Lavaing something doesn't make any fucking sense, Jesus Pixar.

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2015

    Review from Scannain

    “It feels like the first time,” Foreigner sang over the closing credits of Magic Mike back in 2012, “like we’ve opened up the door”. And boy, did that movie, to a frisky new franchise that’s both a prototypical product of today’s studio system and an all-too rare example of the various angles it often opts to ignore. Explicitly catering to the same mass multiplex audience each year’s slate of straight male fantasies leaves wanting, Magic Mike XXL

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    Same story as with (the feature length) It's Such a Beautiful Day for me: if this were my first Hertzfeldt, I dare say I'd adore it. But that was Everything Will Be Ok, and for all the ecstatic aesthetic invention on display here, I'm not sure I took anything from World of Tomorrow I didn't already get from that first encounter*. He's a pretty singular filmmaker, Don, but I'm starting to worry that singularity's being exhausted on a single idea, however dynamically dressed-up it might be.

    * Sudden recollection that I saw Rejected before the lot; huh, make that "first positive encounter", I guess.

  • Weekend

    Weekend 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Jun, 2015

    It's always nice to have your take on a film subtly shift over multiple viewings to appreciate its nuance, but I can't help but look back on misreadings with a wince. To lament the film's dual normalisation of gay love and lust and its impassioned anger toward heteronormativity, as I once did, is rather to miss the point: we can't have this relationship just as the story of two people falling in love, because we haven't been allowed to. Haigh…

  • [REC]⁴ Apocalypse

    [REC]⁴ Apocalypse 2014

    ★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2015

    From a genuinely exciting first entry that gave us one of all-too-few astute uses of found footage to genuinely chilling effect to this, a horror so resolutely indistinct I've already forgotten exactly what happens. Had the misguided hope that Balaguero—who spent his time off from the franchise as Plaza made the at-least interesting Genesis crafting the terrific Sleep Tight—might bring something of note back into the series, but nope: any claim Rec ever had to noteworthiness in the genre is now confined to the history books. It's hard to even get too upset when this is so utterly, utterly bland.