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  • All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2014

    dazzling self-portrait of a man forfeiting his life to his own genius, part 8 1/2, part MISHIMA, part SYNECDOCHE... all Fosse. if only i felt particularly engaged by the film's dramatic crux... much more interested in Fosse's obsessive meditations on death, but most disinterested in his most blunt depictions thereof (namely Jessica Lange as the angel, like a white Machiko Kyō in UGETSU). the funhouse mirror artistry fascinates as it ripples outwards, and the editing is a sublime example of…

  • The Princess of France 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    must admit that i've yet to find my way into Piñeiro, and i'm not especially moved to try harder... be that as it may, certain tones and sequences from this will stick with me, but i'd rather have spent these 66 minutes with Hong Sang-soo.

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  • 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…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2014 8

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is the film with which Wes Anderson finally answers his critics, and the message could not be clearer or more immaculately embossed in Futura on an insert shot of the most delicate stationary: “Go fuck yourselves.” Anderson has been contemporary American cinema’s most hostile aesthete for well over a decade, and ever since 2003’s The Life Aquatic made it obvious that the filmmaker has exactly zero interest in apologizing for his affectations, each of his subsequent…