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  • Dog Star Man: Prelude

    Dog Star Man: Prelude 1961

    Watched 27 Mar, 2015 1

    Boyhood for the Avant-Garde crowd.

    Technically this is something that should be watched in complete silence but I live in Miami which means people are constantly partying outside so that's practically impossible when my neighbors are blasting "Compay Jose" for the billionth god damn time. So I had to resort to making my own soundtrack to play against Stan Brakhage's rhythmic images, and I chose Death Grips because why the fuck not?

    And let me tell you something: I experienced…

  • True Grit

    True Grit 2010

    Watched 14 Mar, 2015 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Not entirely sure why I was so [relatively] harsh on this when I first saw it. Though it avoids the Coens' usual storytelling subversion in favor of a more classical approach, it's still very much imbued with their sensibilities.

    There's a real love and craft to the images on display here. The Coens have always been great when it comes to how they shoot their films, and in reeling back into a traditional story,…

  • Focus

    Focus 2015

    Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    Focus is being advertised as a film about con artists, but it's really a film about movie stars. From its charismatic leads to its stylish visuals to its materialistic pornography (I could only think about how many new shirts and jackets I wanted), it's a film that lives in that A list world most movie audiences wish they could be a part of.

    It's a kind of film that isn't made that much anymore. Mid budget films focused on the…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    Watched 06 Jan, 2015 3

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

    People who find that the film is endorsing Fletcher's methods are missing the clear signs that Andrew is desperate for acceptance and masculine recognition. From his rude behavior at the dinner table to attacking Fletcher for being dismissed, it's entirely necessary to understand that our protagonist here isn't someone the film wants to succeed but change. In that very essence, the film's ending is a tragedy, born out of Andrew's full submission to Fletcher's ways in spite of his own…

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything 2014

    Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    This is not a very good movie, but somewhere in the second half the characters began to hint at a complexity that had been absent in the youthful grace of the first half. Feelings get complicated, the conflict becomes a little more heated, and it all becomes a bit thematically grander. In the final scene, where Redmayne and Jones look out on their children, reminding them of their own youth and how far they had come, I felt oddly moved.…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    Watched 18 Jan, 2015

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

    I'm completely fine with changing/ignoring details to make for a better story. Art is not beholden to historical truth, only emotional truths. The problem with The Imitation Game is that it trades Turing's really complex and interesting life for a boring and regressive by the numbers biopic.

    Turing was, by all accounts, an utter asshole. Yet Tyldum has Cumberbatch soften that portrayal, always making sure that even when Turing is being short with someone else, he's always autistically naive rather…

  • Taken 3

    Taken 3 2014

    Watched 13 Feb, 2015

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

    The problem with recasting Xander Berkeley with Dougray Scott is that Scott is such a devious looking individual that I know immediately he's probably the bad guy. For a film that keeps trying to hide the motivations behind the framed murder, it's pretty obvious to figure out when you have Dougray Scott wearing his "I'm totally not a villain, guys. I swear this time." face. Meanwhile, Xander Berkeley has such a normal schlub look to him that I at least…

  • A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness 1926

    Watched 01 Feb, 2015

    Not a mind is free
    All jailed in insanity
    But few have the keys

  • Love is Strange

    Love is Strange 2014

    Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    Really surprised no one has made a "Make Gay for Tomorrow" joke yet. Come on, film community. You're usually quick about things like this.

  • Teenage

    Teenage 2013

    Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    A strange film essay observing the history of adolescence in the first half of the 20th century. It occasionally touches on some rather compelling stuff, and even captures that universal feeling of angsty rebellion in some points, but it's far too fleeting, tonally jumping, and POV switching in order to really matter out of its insular viewing experience (and the footage shot and edited to look like stock footage is really unconvincing).

  • Particle Fever

    Particle Fever 2013

    Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    There is something great about a documentary where the fascination isn't in the topic itself, but rather the people who are interested in it.

    The magic of Particle Fever comes from following a bunch o' nerds doing really nerdy things. Yet the optimism of the documentary is so infectious it's enough for one to regain hope that humanity is headed somewhere good. The fact that after only a couple thousand years living on this rock we've managed to achieve so…

  • Inherent Vice