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  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2016

    There's a scene towards the end of Nagisa Oshima's deservedly infamous "In the Realm of the Senses" in which hotel owner Kichizō Ishida — taking a rare break from the all-consuming fuck-fest that will soon end in his death — stumbles down the street as a phalanx of soldiers march in the opposite direction, mobilizing for World War II. Ishida, who's been so busy screwing that he hasn't showered in weeks, barely even notices the army as they pass by.…

  • Dheepan

    Dheepan 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2016 1

    To address the elephant in the room: No, “Dheepan“ probably shouldn't have won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival. An understandably controversial choice at the time, it wasn't even the festival's best feature about the psychic perils of migrating into central Europe (that honor goes to Jonas Carpignano's studied and unflinching "Mediterranea," which premiered as part of the International Critics' Week program). For director Jacques Audiard to snag his industry's greatest prize for "Dheepan" instead of his…

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  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2015 19

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


    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.

    (longer thoughts in the fall, no doubt)

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 May, 2015 22

    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.