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  • Chimes at Midnight

    Chimes at Midnight 1965

    Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    Aesthetically impeccable as you'd expect, but I just can't do Shakespeare. Fault is with me, not the film. But you knew that.

  • Monster Hunt

    Monster Hunt 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Jan, 2016

    This made a lot more sense in Mandarin than it does dubbed in English. IMAGINE THAT.

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  • Compliance

    Compliance 2012

    ½ Watched 11 Jan, 2013 26

    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…