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  • Lion

    Lion 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Dec, 2016

    An incredible story; the first hour and last 15 minutes are great, emotionally potent. Wallows in sorrow a bit too much to drive the point home in the middle section. Everything between Patel and Mara feels forced. End still connects, though.

  • Miss Sloane

    Miss Sloane 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    Smart, focused, and ruthless Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane believes her only duty is to the cause. That cause is winning – helping to pass or kill a piece of legislation – regardless of what side she’s on. No shady strategy or dirty trick is out of bounds. It’s no coincidence we’re shown early on in Miss Sloane that she resides in the Watergate complex.

    Full review at Film Racket: filmracket.com/miss-sloane/movie-review

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012 4

    Part of Criterionucopia 2012

    At one point in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome” low rent cable TV producer Max Renn asks what Freud would say about a woman in a red dress…

    I wonder what Freud would say about a vaginal cavity in Max’s chest that has videotapes inserted into it for the purpose of mind control; oh, and also can melt people’s arms and makes for handy gun storage. If presented with this, I think maybe Freud’s head would explode like…

  • Session 9

    Session 9 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Mar, 2013 2

    "Session 9" had been in my queue for quite some time and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Was inspired after being pleasantly surprised by Brad Anderson's "The Call" and was even more impressed with this film.

    It sets up the situation beautifully and the location is perfect. It is ominous and rundown, because it's ominous and rundown - it's not an obvious set creation. Tension builds throughout and we aren't insulted with flash cuts or cheap jump…