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  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch 2016

    ★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2016

    IMHO, a return to the Blair Witch universe needed to either: 1) mine the nostalgia-factor of the original and go for some full-on Pablo Larraín VHS aesthetics -or- 2) significantly expand on the mythology of the original. This does neither, and as a result, mostly comes across as a return to the well, which may have been fine 15 years ago, but just seems trite after a bagillion more forays into found footage.

    Great sound design, though — and the…

  • Yoga Hosers

    Yoga Hosers 2016

    ★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2016

    Smith fundamentally misunderstands what was actually amusing about Tusk for the minority of us who admired it, and doubles down in all the wrong ways to make a movie that ends up being for him and absolutely no one else.

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  • Compliance

    Compliance 2012

    ½ Watched 11 Jan, 2013 27

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter 2011

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    The best film of 2011 is also the most criminally under-seen. Blue-collar, Midwestern father Curtis LaForche is either developing paranoid schizophrenia or accurately prophesizing the apocalypse — a binary that could have all too easily become fodder for hokey metaphor. But with writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon at the helm (their second film together, following 2007’s Shotgun Stories), Curtis becomes one of the most authentically human characters in the history of cinema. He may be the symbolic fulcrum…