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  • Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

    Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2015 2

    the first 40 minutes of Gomes' final segment are up there with (or surpass) the most rapturous filmmaking of his life. not coincidentally, they're also the most explicit and plot-driven of the trilogy... drawing broad connections to Pasolini's TRILOGY OF LIFE.

    and then. the. fucking. CHAFFINCHES.

    because the purpose and position of the film is so blunt, it invites a nearly inscrutable subtlety and abstraction into the individual episodes, and the chaffinches take that to its illogical conclusion. chaffinches chaffinches…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2015 10

    probably as close as I'll ever come to knowing what it feels like to find Jesus.

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    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.


    (longer thoughts in the fall, no doubt)

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 May, 2015 21

    The fourth installment of George Miller’s rambunctious postapocalyptic saga arrives in theaters like a tornado tearing through a tea party. In an age of weightless spectacles that studios whittle down from visions to products, here’s a movie that feels like it was made by kidnapping $150 million of Warner Bros.’ money, absconding with it to the Namibian desert, and sending footage back to Hollywood like the amputated body parts of a ransomed hostage.

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  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★½ Added 18

    GODZILLA is the TRUTH.

    one of the most satisfying, well-paced & beautifully directed blockbusters since Jurassic Park. a genuine spectacle of humility. Many complaining that the film abandons interest in its characters, but the perils of human egocentrism in the face of global crisis = the entire point. genuinely registers as the first post-human blockbuster. i almost feel like people have been conditioned to the explosive banality of contemporary tentpoles... but if any $200 million monster movie is going to feel…