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  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 3

    HEAVEN IS FOR REAL.

    it packs more raw cinematic energy in 80 minutes than the Marvel universe has in 80 films (there are 80, right?).

    boldly silly, yet electrifyingly assured... brilliant and bonkers in equal measure. so intrigued by the connections between ScarJo's recent projects... there are points in this films that seem to textually connect UNDER THE SKIN and HER... i gots to think about this on less ambien. full review on Little White Lies later this week. kapow!

  • Bird People 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    have fun selling people on this without ruining it in the process.

    amongst other things, this is exhibit A in the argument that the *best* special FX ≠ the *most* special FX. magical stuff.

    not sure Cannes was the right launching pad for this... the bifurcated structure may have been something of a mistake, and i think Ferran overplays the tedium of the first half in an effort to accentuate the second, but this is ultimately a simple, wondrous bit of storytelling. comings and goings... the quest for freedom in a world where everywhere is nowhere. dig it. and beware spoilers.

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  • Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★½ Added 17

    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…