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  • Boys Don't Cry 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    [pro/B/B-]
    Almost entirely not lurid or sensationalistic, immersing itself totally in Brandon's swirling, confused, excited headspace. Trance.

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    [pro/B]
    Wryly, not smugly self-aware. Loopy yet unmistakably poetic world-building. Leitch & Stahelski trust the power of image. But don't doubt this thing's intelligence. It's more concerned with excavating Reeves's personality than you'd think.
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    I engaged with the film's many pleasures, and some of my reservations toward its treatment of violence, for the 6 Nov 2014 edition of The Miscellany News. The review is online here.

    Just when it seems the rampant violence will go completely unchecked, though, the…

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    [pro?/B-/C+?]
    PTA is adept at immersing us in state of fog; transitory, fluid perspective. Humanity kept at bay. Strangely half-assed. Get that its apathy is sort of part of the point, as is unexplored, hollow nature of characters, but ≠ a satisfying film.
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    also, off the top of my head before I review it proper:
    Anderson's don’t-give-a-shit attitude (the filmmaker practically scoffed during the Vice critics’ screening Q&A when asked about his male-centric filmography and the introduction of a female narrator) lends Inherent Vice its loose charms but also a distant and hollow dimension to its humanity.