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  • Frances Ha 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Frances Ha. Gerwig. Baumbach. Fantastic.

  • Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2013

    A major leap forward from director/writer/actor Shane Carruth's debut PRIMER. This is film as aggressive mood enhancer. Reminded me at times of early David Cronenberg, though really it felt unique and unlike anything too specific. I kept waiting for it to careen into the ditch in its final act, but it maintains its hypnotic spell all the way to its perfect, unsettling yet hopeful ending. It's great to see a filmmaker approach the science fiction genre in a mature, humanistic…

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  • Hyde Park on Hudson 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2013

    Extraordinary people at an extraordinary time eating hot dogs.

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2012

    For much of its running time, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA feels like it's going nowhere. We're plunged into a mystery--the search for a body in the remote countryside--and the answers to the crime aren't easy to obtain for the cop, the doctor, and the prosecutor along for the ride. The murderer can't remember where he buried the body. The night keeps the truth obscured. Dogs guard the secret. When resolution is finally offered... it's not reassuring. That sort…