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  • Fury 2014

    Watched 18 Oct, 2014 3

    I've often talked about how WWII movies, along with sports films, are the easiest to make. The world building is pretty much already there, you know who the good guys and the bad guys are, and any moral relativity is pretty easy to play with afterwards. Usually all WWII movies from an American perspective have the same structure: Men have mission, men go on mission, some men die in mission, a few survive, mission accomplished.

    While the approach that "War…

  • Window Water Baby Moving 1959

    Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    So much to dissect here. The quiet intimacy of a couple combined with the cold and clinical nature of birth. An ephemeral moment(s?) and the big day that no one will forget. The cycle of life in two distinct scenes, all meshed together in one. Brakhage was born, his daughter Myrenna is born, and now he is dead. His circle ends. Another begins.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    Watched 04 Oct, 2014 3

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

  • Oculus 2013

    Watched 01 Oct, 2014

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

  • Obvious Child 2014

    Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    I like Jenny Slate. I don't like this movie.

    Slate has a nice and unique presence to her. Like a modern day female Woody Allen that's not trying to actively be Woody Allen (*cough*FrancesHa*cough*). I would really like to see her in other movies that are actually interesting and funny without having to rely on her.

    However, if I could go another day without seeing an indie film with these kind of sensibilities that I swear are a dime a…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    Watched 26 Sep, 2014 2

    UGH.

    About 10 years ago, I was the perfect age for Frank Miller. I was 16. I was angry. I wanted to be macho. The only thing I thought about women was how hot they are. When Sin City came out, it was my thing. I loved it. I breathed it. I savored its violence and tits. I'm pretty sure when it finally came out on DVD I watched it over a dozen times in a single week.

    And then…

  • Night Moves 2014

    Watched 22 Sep, 2014

    So this is what a Kelly Reichardt film is like! Why didn't you all say so earlier! I would have been on board from the first place. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

    This film is pretty awesome, and Reichardt is a technical master. There's this typical thing most festival movies do where they drag on obfuscating really important narrative for some resemblance of ambiguity. Not Reichardt's film. She drops you in mid story and lets you…

  • To Be or Not To Be 1942

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    That fucking Lubitsch touch, yo.

    I don't know where to start with this. I wanted to just leave a quote from this but there's far too many to choose from in this. I could talk about Lubitsch as one of the greatest directors who ever lived but he's the kind of guy I just can't pin down in words (his films really just speak for themselves). I was also going to talk about the nature of comedy but I'm saving…

  • The Last Laugh 1924

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    I don't have a Top 100 at hand or even in my mind, but I'm sure if I ever got around to making one this would be on it. Amazing expressionistic filmmaking that also happens to be one of the saddest films I've ever seen. Perhaps also acts as an allegory (and forewarning) of Post-War Germany, but the story here works on other levels as well.

  • The Fugitive 1993

    Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    The only way this could have been better is if John McTiernan directed it.

    Which isn't to say anything is wrong with Davis' direction here. On the contrary, only an action filmmaker could have made a film as lean and effective as this. It's a film that doesn't stop moving, partly due to David Twohy's intelligent script, but also due to the precise filmmaking on hand. Every scene is purposeful, and subsequently everything is…

  • In the Name of the Father 1993

    Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    What could have easily fallen into middlebrow claptrap turns into a heartbreaking story of how easily people can be oppressed and what's worse how the worst thing that can happen to them is being robbed of time. Day Lewis is on fire here, and Postelwaithe is able to play the hardest part with a great sense of duty and frustration. Easily one of the more angry films I've watched on the project, but it's all justified.

  • The Remains of the Day 1993

    Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    I'm usually not a stickler for the idea that an adaptation must include everything from a novel, but this adaptation does miss out by not including Ishiguro's unreliable narrator perspective. It's just one of those layers that adds such a devastating tragedy that telling this story straight can't really get at.

    Regardless, as is typical for a Merchant-Ivory flick, it's wonderfully photographed, incredibly well acted (Emma Thompson in MVP mode again), and includes a fine touch. This might not be a masterpiece, but it still has craft of a very good film.