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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs 1991

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2015

    [pro/B/B-]
    The culmination of JD's genre/exploitation efforts. Unfortunately more limiting than progressive, sex politics-wise. But many great moments; "can't you feel the eyes on your body, Clarice?" Close-ups, fixed stares singeing through horror fabric.
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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2015

    [PRO/B+]
    Excess fluids. Toys and tools. "Secrets everywhere," empowered/earnest discovery thereof. Feminist melodrama pitched just right. Loved this thing's sense of humor too. Greater than the sum of its joyfully detailed parts, and the last shot low-key devastated me.
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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    [CON/D]
    An ugly-in-spirit, clumsily styled (ed. the swivel reaction pans to Teller's face are atrocious) faux Social Network. Upsettingly celebrates antagonism and verbal violence as reported. J.K. Simmons's performance is terrible and Teller is too smothered by Damien Chazelle's pop psychologizing to be able to make an impression.
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    Chazelle's amateurish world is so limited in its artificial scope, beginning and ending within the unexplored confines of his pat human experience ambitions; he is prone to arrive at an…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    [con/C-]
    It's not as if some comedy was the last thing Iñárritu's work needed—I disliked Birdman a good bit less than I thought I would.
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    I liked it better when it was called Venus in Fur (and even then I didn't like it that much, but Polanski’s film's similarities and divergence from Iñárritu's work are instructive). Pretty middling on it overall, and though it exceeded my expectations, its thinness becomes glaring in hindsight. The tone and performances annoyed me…