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  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    So. This movie is amazing. One of the longest, most dense films I've ever seen (like SO long and full of conversational detail that you feel at points as if your eyes or ears might start bleeding). It's intermittently hilarious, a sense of creeping dread and paranoia runs through the whole thing, and it's utterly unlike any movie I've ever seen before (although The Big Lebowski would be the obvious point of comparison, but that's an out-and-out comedy and this…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Birdman is a movie you're either going to love or hate, there's no two ways around that. I think it's unlikely that you'd sit through this claustrophobic, manic, single-shot-styled, magical realist story about actors rehearsing for a Raymond Carver play and come away with a "meh" attitude. It'll either annoy you, or you'll give yourself over to it. I certainly opted for the latter, deciding I was on board from essentially the first shot in the film, where we see…

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  • Tiny Furniture 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2012 7

    I think I'm supposed to hate movies like this, the drifty after college middle class angst movies, but I just don't. I've never seen Garden State, about which I am reasonably proud, but I do love The Graduate, I really liked Greenberg (the ultimate graduate), and I loved Tiny Furniture. I'm sure, if viewed from a certain angle, this could seem like an indie-gazing navel fest, but something in Lena Dunham's delivery of the scenario, her character, the mopey realism, really charmed me. I simply enjoyed this movie and I want to see her make more of them.

  • Irreversible 2002

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2009 1

    This movie is deeply unpleasant and unsettling. It's actually a dreadful, awful experience being in its company throughout its running time. It is also one of the best films I have ever seen. Unlike Memento, to which it could clearly be compared in terms of structure, there is an actual point to the storytelling trickery, that of peeling back the layers from revenge to crime to peace. It's a fascinating way to get to know a set of characters, and…