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  • Martyrs

    Martyrs 2015

    ★½ Watched 20 May, 2016

    Changes to the original are ill-conceived, and the sections that follow the 2008 version are hollow approximations. Lose-Lose.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 19 May, 2016

    The one-note weirdness isn't quite enough to sustain the movie, especially in a middle section that gets lost (literally) in the woods.

    Still delightful and very funny in spots, though the insight doesn't cut very deep. Farrell is fantastic.

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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…