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  • Enemy 2014

    Watched 23 Apr, 2014

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

  • Under the Skin 2013

    Watched 22 Apr, 2014

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

  • Post Tenebras Lux 2012

    Watched 14 Jan, 2014 2

    From an interview in Berlin as Carlos Reygadas was prepping this film:

    ...reason will intervene as little as possible, like an expressionist painting where you try to express what you’re feeling through the painting rather than depict what something looks like...

    If I had to go off the evidence of this quote, and this film alone, I'd be inclined to say Reygadas is kind of an idiot. The kind you expect to see in a parody of hipster culture artists…

  • The Conversation 1974

    Watched 11 Jan, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    The less said about this character study (that actually bothers to incorporate story into its exploration instead of waddling around) masterpiece, the better. Just watch it. It's one of those films that just slowly pulls you in until it gets dreamier and dreamier to the point that it almost feels like it's a surreal science fiction film.

    And make sure to have a good sound setup because the audio is about 60% of the reason this film is so effective.

  • Lenny 1974

    Watched 03 Jan, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Lenny Bruce was a hypocrite. A contradiction to everything he said. He led a life where his decisions cost others their livelihood. He corrupted them, he manipulated them, and he stole from them.

    But it takes a hypocrite to point out the other hypocrites.

    Lenny is a biopic that doesn't seek to tear a man down or build up his legacy. It's half documentary/half dramatization style makes that clear. It's a film set on…

  • The Sting 1973

    Watched 30 Dec, 2013 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Perhaps the only little quibble I have with The Sting is that for a film that seems completely set on recreating the aesthetic of a late 30s Golden Age of Hollywood film, it's such a strange choice to shoot the film in color. George Roy Hill's sense of blocking and composition is so rigid as to resemble a 30s film yet it's kind of robbed of this unusual stylistic choice by making it look…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928

    Watched 16 Apr, 2014 3

    A Classic a Week: #1

    If there is a view of cinema I have that will never change it is this: There is no image a filmmaker can craft that is more powerful than that of the human face. It is an image one can see a thousand times and still draw the same effect each and every time. Never does Harry Lime not look mysteriously cool when the light hits and he's first introduced in The Third Man. Never…

  • The Legend of Hercules 2014

    Watched 15 Apr, 2014 3

    There's a pretty decent movie hiding under this.

    There's some interesting play with old mythological/Greek drama archetypes. Although, the story is confused as to whether it wants to be an Immortals-esque mythology kind of film or a Spartacus stylized "historical" fiction (and nevermind that it's clear nobody involved in this has ever read anything about myth OR history).

    There's some interesting character dynamics going on here as well. Although the film's awful script is satisfied with just being a sped…

  • Foodfight! 2012

    Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    I'm an idiot.

  • Nymphomaniac 2013

    Added 4

    So after almost 10 years of making movies that just seemed to exist in order to annoy me, Lars Von Trier seems finally be back on track in terms of making actual films, or at least the kind of films I like him to make.

    Nymphomaniac, his new 4 hour sex epic, is working on two different levels. On the one hand, it is a rather simple story about humanity and sex. How we make a big deal about it…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    Watched 03 Apr, 2014 5

    Oh yeah. That's more like it.

    With this and Iron Man 3 (I'll ignore Thor: The Dark World), Marvel has pretty much decided they're not messing around anymore. They're committed to this vast interconnected movie universe, and if they stop making films like Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World and more like this they might be able to make that long term plan last.

    Effectively what Marvel has here is a running cinematic serial story, crossing between various…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    Added 7

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