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  • Blended 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    Literally starts in the toilet, but is more inspired than much of Sandler's more recent output. Not great by any means, but occasionally funny amid the filler that bloats the runtime to nearly two hours.

  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2014

    Lader’s deft writing and Charlie McDowell’s direction effectively juggle the bi-polar ups and downs, utilizing metaphysical impossibilities that capture relationship foibles better than a “realistic” weepy, sentimental tone full of pensive stares and melodrama would.

    Full Review: www.blakecrane.com/2014/08/22/the-one-i-love/

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  • Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012 3

    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 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…