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  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2015 1

    A stunning, kinetic piece of filmmaking with a few odd curlicues. JK Simmons is fantastic, obviously, although the whole thing does beg the question of whether it's necessary to be QUITE that insane just to nail some jazz standards. Also, the two female parts in the film just drift in and out with no actual substance, which is irritating (did the blonde saxophonist at the beginning need to be told that she was only first chair because she was pretty?…

  • Before Midnight 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    In some ways a different kind of film than the previous two, in other ways the only logical next chapter in Jesse & Celine's story. I have a feeling that this will not be the last one. The next would be due around 2022 at the current pace. I hope that happens and we get to spend more time listening to these interesting lovers talk to each other, it's very pleasant and life-affirming company.

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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…