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  • It Happened in Broad Daylight 1958

    ★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    The rating suggests BAD, but this isn't bad. There was just nothing in it for me to grasp onto or engage with, except that Gert Fröbe is a scary dude...which I already knew. And as a viewer I'd rather something be an riveting/problematic/misguided mess than just fine

  • Lucas 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    Locust. Magpie. I know I'm going to get this wrong but: "Will we still be in each other's lives when the locusts come back?" :cue all the emotions:

  • Capote 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Sep, 2014

    This put me right back to early February. I just can't believe we don't have him anymore

  • Streetwise 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Aug, 2014

    Would make a list of my 15 favorite films. More to come...

  • The Piano Teacher 2001

    ★★★★★ Added 2

    Basically better than everything else in existence

  • Josie and the Pussycats 2001

    ★★★★ Added

    Du jour means crash positions

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2014 6

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

  • Hyenas 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2014

    I shamefully, but perhaps unsurprisingly, have very little experience with African cinema so I can’t speak to a larger context. Explicitly anti-colonialist, using the cautionary fable to illustrate the slippery slope into superficial Western modernity. Colobaine is in an economic crisis, and all it takes is one person to come in with their vendetta, their goods, their temptations; but change comes with a blood price. The mayor says the village’s decision is not for the sake of money. He uses…

  • The Story of Qiu Ju 1992

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    Qiu Ju’s (Gong Li) efforts to be heard are emphasized by sight and sound. Qiu Ju is not made special by the camera. She is not centered visually, always caught in long or medium shots. She also isn’t especially heard, her voice always threatening to be drowned out by those around her. She is compromised or diluted in her own ramshackle environment, and in the big city she is simply overwhelmed. The characters knock about different ideas of justice, none…

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    Enemy had been one of my most anticipated films of 2014. I’d read José Saramago’s The Double, which became a favorite book despite its callous dismissal of women. Doppelgängers, bifurcated identities, dream logic, psychological angst, etc. This all screams ‘KATIE’. But I don’t know what to make of Enemy. Much of it feels somehow easy; artificially symbolic and existential. Like Denis Villeneuve looked at a stripped down template of psychological mind-fucks and never followed through with expansion. It has a…

  • Joe 2013

    ★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    Probably, and so disappointingly, my least favorite film of 2014 thus far (granted, I’ve only seen 30) and the second worst I’ve seen from David Gordon Green (I’m a fan). It comes down to the critical difference between letting ‘regional authenticity’ materialize naturally, and using it as your sole playing card for the deluded support of yet another masculine-soaked redemption narrative. Joe is, quite frankly, a barrel of overkill. I felt like one of those damn trees the characters inject…

  • Belle 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    Belle is much more than the following sentiment, but all the same; Amma Asante’s gratifying yet subversive period piece makes my heart go pitter-patter. Some may scoff at the love story (indeed a few reviews I’ve read knock it down a peg for just that) but what about how sweetly investing it is? The adorable abolitionist with unshakable moral footing (Sam Reid) is so steadfast that he amusingly dips into caricature at times. It becomes part of his charm, as…